Annual sales of storage systems for Big Data analytics applications will rise to almost $6 billion in 2016, compared with $379.9 million in 2011, according to IDC. "There are so many disparate facets and delivery models that touch so many different business uses and revenue sources that it's difficult to capture Big Data, or any of its individual components, into a single market," Derrick Harris writes. "But however IDC and other research firms define it, the only thing that matters in the end is probably the ever-rising revenue arrow."

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