Synology wins considerable territory within NAS-storage solutions

Around 30 percent of the storage solutions at Dutch company offices with 50 or more employees come from HPE. These figures make HP the market leader by far. Dell occupies second place. Around 16 percent of the storage solutions come from Dell. NetApp, Synology and EMC complete the top five with respectively 10, more than 9 and nearly 9 percent of the total number of storage systems. In comparison with the shares of one year ago, Synology has gained several percentage points. This has emerged from Computer Profile analysis of around 1,000 interviews about storage systems used, which were conducted with IT managers of company offices with at least 50 employees. For this analysis the researchers looked at the Direct Attached Storage, Network Attached Storage, and Storage Area Networks currently in use.


If we look at the individual storage applications, HPE shows a share of 37.3 percent in the total number of SAN solutions. The shares for each vendor are more or less the same as a year ago. With a share of 20%, Dell is also the number two for SAN solutions. NetApp and EMC together complete the top three, with a share, respectively, of around 12.5 and 11 percent. This represents a slight drop for both parties as compared to the situation one year ago. EMC and IBM are the other parties with a significant share.


For Network Attached Storage there are some names on the list which don’t appear at all on the San systems market. Synology rises to first position, with 21.6 percent of the total NAS systems. HPE is at number 2 with 17 percent and QNAP is in use for 16.6 percent of the systems and is thus number three.

Use of tape

The percentage of those interviewed who said that they store data on tape has clearly fallen in recent years. At the start of 2013, a tape solution was still in use amongst 41% of all systems. In 2014, this figure fell to 33% and at the moment it is a mere 21%.

HPE assumes the most important position at these locations, 63.3 percent of the tape solutions concern an HPE solution. Dell and IBM still also have a considerable share in the installed base. All other named tape solutions together account for the remaining 10%. The shares for each vendor have largely stayed the same as compared to one year ago.