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Trendfocus Adds Tape and Archive Storage Service

To HDD and components as well as SSDs

Trendfocus, Corp. announced its new storage research services will expand into the long-standing tape storage market.

Known for its industry research and analysis for those seeking dependable market data, it sees new possibilities with its now-available Tape and Archive Storage Service offering.

Data creation is continuing to accelerate, and businesses are increasingly finding themselves in need of ultra-low-cost bulk storage for both on-premises and cloud applications,” said John Chen, VP. “With the Trendfocus Tape and Archive Storage Service, businesses can understand the market for low-cost, high-capacity secure storage while receiving global insights on the storage market.”

Through understanding of the demand dynamics between cloud/hyperscale customers vs. system OEMs, new reports from the firm’s coverage of tape storage will complete the enterprise storage market view.

In addition to storage capabilities that are both complementary and competitive to random access storage devices, the new service will offer annual subscription clients the high-touch, high-velocity analyst access that is a hallmark of the company’s market research services. This service will offer clients a deeper look into long-term supply dynamics and challenges facing all technologies as well.

While tape has long-standing use cases for storing archival data-especially with on-premises applications-adoption by cloud/hyperscale service providers could meaningfully accelerate tape usage in the coming years.

We’re expecting a complete re-definition of the technology roadmap for tape, and we’re thrilled by the response we’re receiving from our long-standing clients,” said Mark Geenen, founder and president. “Just as hyperscale has already impacted the direction of both HDD and NAND flash storage design and usage, we’re expecting similar movement from tape as enterprise management starts to shift to seeking lower cost options.”

While the new service will initially establish baseline trends on how tape is solving for major providers’ needs, the service will evolve to include how both HDD and flash solutions could contribute to archive storage in the future. Coverage of other new technologies such as DNA storage will also enlighten the long-term directions for archival storage over the coming decades.


It's curious to see Trendfocus entering in market research on tape and archive storage, a relatively small market in comparison with its other services like HDD and components as well as SSD. A better idea will be to analyze AFA, maybe the most fastest growing storage business.

Below we have selected 2 charts included in its first report on this new service:
Tape Addresses Growing Archive Storage Needs, but Competing Tehnologies Loom
Steady tape growth could accelerate with faster cloud adoption for cold storage services

It compares tape (LTO and IBM 3592) as well as backup in cloud with nearline HDD markets.

Trendfocus F1

Trendfocus F2