Research Manager, Storage and Networking | International Data Corporation (IDC)
Toronto, ON, CA
Research Manager within IDC Canada's Infrastructure Solutions Research Group
As Research Manager within IDC Canada's Infrastructure Solutions Research Group, Dave Pearson manages the Canadian Storage trackers as well as Networking Equipment trackers.
Dave Pearson joined IDC Canada with over a decade of international experience in IT, from sourcing and selection to project management. Dave began his career with Veritas (Japan) and enjoyed stints in Austria and the US with incubator Blue C GmbH. Prior to joining IDC, he provided consulting services to SMBs and healthcare institutions across southwestern Ontario in the areas of infrastructure development, business continuity and data management.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Associated IDC Services (5)
- Wireless LAN Tracker
- Ethernet Switch Tracker
- Router Tracker
- Security Appliance Tracker
- Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker
Queen's University: B.A., Biochemistry 1996
Media Appearances (5)
Where and How Will All That (Big) Data be Stored?
IT in Canada
“Growth of data in the enterprise is staggering – more than two times the growth rate of processing power, network capacity, and even mobile phone adoption between now and 2020,” says Dave Pearson, IDC Canada’s research manager for enterprise storage. “Fortunately, not all data is created equal. Identifying value in your enterprise data can improve your overall data ‘fitness,’ allowing you to put the right workload in the right place in your storage infrastructure.”
Why Hybrid and All Flash Storage are on the rise in Canada
IT in Canada
A massive change in enterprise data storage is underway as more companies switch to flash-based storage arrays. Why?
For one thing, flash storage uses less capacity and physical space while performing more I/O operations per second with lower latencies. This not only....
Dell, EMC combination needs to offer product roadmap clarity for CIOs
IT World Canada online
When the news broke on Thanksgiving Monday that Dell was buying EMC, with the merger being touted as one of the largest in tech history, I had flashbacks to 2002 when HP announced it would be buying Compaq for $25 billion USD.
At the time, my colleagues and I at Computing Canada and ITBusiness.ca put a lot of horsepower into coverage from various angles as HP touted the deal as a platform to become a services powerhouse in the same way IBM had moved away from just being a purveyor of mainframes and PCs.
The synergies that HP hoped to harness by acquiring a rival were never realized, and one can’t help but wonder if the combination of Dell and EMC might meet a similar fate. However, as Dave Pearson, research manager for enterprise storage and networking at IDC Canada said, there are key differences between this mega-merger and HP swallowing up Compaq.
Developing and managing e-mail archiving policies
IT World Canada online
In terms of best practices, what IT managers should keep in mind is the length of time they are forced to archive messages, said Dave Pearson, senior research analyst at IDC Canada Ltd. “I think it’s safer to assume that you should always have these e-mails,” he said. “You should be looking at a solution where you can keep an indefinite paperless trail of your e-mails and just assume that you should stay ahead of regulations.” ...
Don’t lose sleep over U.S. e-discovery nightmares
IT World Canada online
While Canadian IT departments don’t have as much experience with e-discovery, they do have good tools to choose from because of what has happened in the U.S., said Dave Pearson, senior research analyst at IDC Canada.
“Canada isn’t as tight in terms of compliance and e-discovery as the U.S. is, but it is certainly something that is slowly building in Canada,” he said...
This IDC study examines market shares of enterprise storage systems for the top 7 vendors in Canada, and it updates Canadian Enterprise Disk Storage Systems Market Shares, 2014: Hypercompetitiveness in a Slow Market (IDC #CA8CIC15, December 2015).
"Vendors have traded spaces in the 2015 ESS revenue results, highlighting just how competitive this market is today. Nearly every vendor can compete in nearly every deal, which is great news for storage consumers, but can stress the sales process and narrow razor-thin margins even further. Finding areas of growth, whether it is in media such as solid state storage, particular workloads like IoT or Big Data, or specific vertical markets such as healthcare and finance, is going to determine the final standings for 2016 and beyond," says Dave Pearson, research manager for Enterprise Storage and Networking at IDC Canada.
This IDC study examines market shares of the top 10 network equipment vendors in Canada. It updates the previous study, Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2014: Large Players Lose Momentum in Evolving Markets (IDC #CA5CIC15).
This IDC study provides a forecast for spending in the Canadian enterprise storage systems market through 2020. Reviewing the underlying technological and market forces that shape this environment, IDC provides guidance to storage system vendors to assist in targeting growth areas of the market and abating the effects of the current global economic situation. Total enterprise storage systems is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.1% through 2020.
This IDC study is the follow-up to Canadian Networking Equipment 2015–2019 Forecast (IDC #CA7CIC15, May 2015). The overall networking equipment market in Canada is forecast to hit $3.06 billion in revenue in 2020, resulting in a five-year CAGR of 3.3%.
Kevin Lonergan, senior analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, IDC Canada, says, "After strong growth in 2015, mainly due to the change in value of the Canadian dollar, networking equipment will experience low-single-digit growth throughout the forecast period. Wireless LAN will be the fastest-growing technology as organizations invest in access points that support new standards and adopt cloud-managed solutions that provide enhanced security and analytics."
This IDC Presentation provides an analysis of Canadian brand perceptions of enterprise storage array vendors. It is part of an annual series of brand perception documents that cover the various infrastructure hardware markets in Canada. Brand awareness, along with customers' perceptions, was measured against 11 criteria used for evaluating vendors when purchasing network equipment. This is a follow up to Brand Perceptions of Storage Hardware Vendors in Canada, 2015 (IDC #CA3CIC15, April 2015). The purpose of this study was to discover:
What criteria customers are using to purchase enterprise storage arrays
How Dell, EMC, HDS, HPE, IBM, NetApp, and Oracle/Sun each measures up against the top buying criteria
This IDC Presentation offers guidance to ICT vendors on surviving in the downside of the commodity cycle — what to do when the bubble bursts? It is a follow-up to IDC Canada's recently published Oil Price Crunch: How Will ...
This IDC study examines market shares of enterprise DSS for the top 7 vendors in Canada. It updates Canadian Disk Storage Systems 2013 Vendor Shares (IDC #CA7CIC14, June 2014).
"Vendors in the Canadian enterprise DSS space can't expect more than low-single-digit growth in this market through the next five years. There is plenty of growth in storage, but most of it is found in submarkets such as flash-based storage, storage software, cloud, and hyperscale environments, as well as in particular workloads such as Big Data. The competitive nature of the DSS market in Canada will only become more exaggerated as vendors all have capable offerings in this space," says Dave Pearson, research manager for Enterprise Storage and Networking at IDC Canada.