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Big data hardware market to reach $4.3bn by 2018.

IDC has released its first market figures for server and storage related to high performance data analysis (HPDA) - big data workloads that use high performance computing (HPC) resources.

The analyst company predicts the server market for HPDA will

grow at a compound annual growth rate of 23.5%, to reach $2.7bn by 2018. The

related storage market will grow to $1.6bn in the same period.

The Worldwide High-Performance Data Analysis 2014-2018

Forecast looks at big data workloads that exploit HPC resources. The HPDA

market represents the convergence of long-standing, data-intensive modelling

and simulation (M&S) methods in the HPC market segments that IDC has

tracked for more than 25 years and newer high-performance analytics methods

that are increasingly employed in these segments as well as by commercial

organisations that are adopting HPC for the first time.

"Leading commercial companies in a variety of market

segments are turning to HPC technologies for challenging big data analytics

workloads that enterprise IT technology alone cannot tackle effectively. HPC

systems can handle more complex queries, more variables, and faster turnaround

requirements," said Steve Conway, IDC Research vice president for High

Performance Computing/Data Analysis. "We estimate that the move to HPC has

already saved PayPal more than $700 million and is saving tens of millions of

dollars per year for other commercial companies, on top of the benefits

reported by established HPC users in government, academia, and industry."

Chirag Dekate, research manager for High Performance

Computing/Data Analysis, said: "IDC has closely tracked the HPDA market for

more than five years and has created high-level forecasts before. The new

in-depth forecasts are the first that track more than a dozen application and

industry segments, including economically important new use cases for HPC:

fraud and anomaly detection, business analytics/business intelligence, and

marketing. The new forecasts are now available to clients of IDC's HPDA continuous

information service."

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