As Research Director and Team Lead for IDC Canada's Infrastructure Solutions Research Group, Dave Pearson manages our Canadian Infrastructure and Platform as a Service program as well IDC Canada’s Enterprise Storage and Networking research.
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 (5)
Platform as a Service
Big Data and Analytics
Associated IDC Services (3)
- Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure: Sales Accelerator
- Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker - Canada Region
- Canadian Security Solutions: Sales Accelerator
Queen's University: B.A., Biochemistry 1996
Media Appearances (8)
Managing data storage in small businesses: A data storage strategy tutorial
According to Dave Pearson, a senior research analyst for IDC's Canada Infrastructure Solutions Research Group, deciding which architecture to adopt is the big challenge. Do you implement a NAS file-based system, or go with a block-based system using iSCSI or even Fibre Channel (FC)? Not surprisingly, Pearson said for most SMBs, it comes down to cost. "Storage is a very commoditized kind of technology," Pearson said, "at least in the perceptions and buying behaviors of Canadian businesses. Far and away [cost] is the criteria by which [SMBs] are basing their decisions."
IDC Canada Releases 7 New Forecasts for Canadian ICT Market: Many Markets Exceed Expectations in 2017, as the Canadian Economy and the Race Toward Digital Transformation Encourage ICT Spending
IDC Canada releases 7 new forecast documents, including Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2018-2022 (IDC#CA42531318). Dave Pearson provides comments on it.
Dell desktop to data centre strategy has new pricing model
Computer Dealer News
At the first ever combined Dell EMC World conference, the vendor has introduced new consumption-based pricing and subscription models where prices go down the longer you use the solution along with an exit strategy if the technology does not fit anymore inside your environment.
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...
Event Appearances (2)
The New Infrastructure Data World
IDC Directions 2019 Canada Toronto
Your Data is Where, Exactly? What’s Next for your Data Centre Infrastructure?
IDC Canada Executive Council 2018 Toronto Region Board of Trade, Toronto
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare, Kevin Lonergan
This IDC Market Presentation is based on IDC Canada's 2020 ITAP n1 Survey. We asked 509 Canadian organizations of all sizes across all industries and regions about the key criteria they consider when purchasing datacenter hardware, their level of familiarity with vendors, and how they perceive those vendors with regard to the key criteria they indicated. Included are summaries of the results — readers are encouraged to explore further with analyst teams where deeper segmentation is required.
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall Canadian datacenter infrastructure ecosystem — notably servers, storage, and networking equipment. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Yogesh Shivhare, Dave Pearson
This IDC Market Presentation discusses the state of adoption of SD-WAN and SD-Branch technology among Canadian organizations. Levels of adoption as well as drivers and impediments to deployment are examined, as are the top priorities for prospective buyers of these technologies. Guidance for vendors to advance these technologies in the current market is provided based on survey responses and market insight.
Dave Pearson, Kevin Lonergan, Nigel Wallis
This IDC Market Presentation discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian security market, from macroeconomic, supply, and demand perspectives. It examines the sectors, segments, and industries that are likely to be hardest hit, and what security technologies may be most and least affected by changes in buying patterns in 2020 and beyond.
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare, Nigel Wallis
This IDC Market Presentation discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian infrastructure market from macroeconomic, supply, and demand perspectives. It examines which sectors, segments, and industries are likely to be hardest hit and what technologies may be most and least affected by changes in buying patterns in 2020 and beyond.
Yogesh Shivhare, Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure networking equipment ecosystem — notably switching, enterprise and service provider routing, and enterprise-grade wireless LAN (WLAN). The document compares 4Q18 and 4Q19 performance based on IDC tracker data. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure ecosystem — notably servers, storage, and networking equipment. It also provides competitive positioning in the form of revenue market share for key named vendors in each of those submarkets.
Tony Olvet, Dave Pearson
This IDC Market Presentation on Ecosystem Pulse examines the IT demand being driven by lines of business within Canadian organizations and the key technologies comprising that demand. Demonstrated are the technologies requiring time, investment, and expertise from both internal IT resources and IT vendors and service providers. The most important attributes of vendors and service providers to IT consumers are also reviewed.
Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare
This IDC Market Presentation highlights the market update for the Canadian infrastructure market, 2019. Canadian infrastructure hardware market continues to experience single digit growth — 3.0% on average over the past five years. The composition of this market, from both product and leadership standpoints, continues to evolve as new deployment modalities, the advent of new technologies, and price pressures from suppliers and end users push vendors to adapt their portfolios to meet the needs of Canadian organization.
This document details the makeup of infrastructure hardware revenue in compute, storage, and networking ecosystems as well as subtechnologies and how those revenues have evolved over the past five years in Canada. It also outlines the top 10 vendors across all segments in Canada, with additional detail on the top 5.
This IDC study examines market shares of enterprise storage systems for the top vendors in Canada, and it updates Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Market Shares, 2017: Smaller and Niche Vendors Making Waves in Canada (IDC #CA43244618, October 2018). All dollar values in this document are expressed in Canadian currency, unless otherwise stated.
"Capacity growth, the desire for better performance from storage media, and emergent workloads are all continuing to push growth in the storage market," says Dave Pearson, research director for Infrastructure Solutions at IDC Canada. "Even while public cloud adoption continues to increase, organizations rely on a hybrid approach to infrastructure deployment, meaning many of those cloud-native architectures are making their way into traditional datacentres, adding to the need for the latest infrastructure technology to be adopted across the enterprise."
This IDC study provides a forecast for spending in the Canadian disk storage systems market through 2023. 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 disk storage systems revenue is expected to grow at a CAGR of 1.0% through 2023.
"Infrastructure hardware remains a low-growth market across Canada," says Dave Pearson, director, Infrastructure Solutions. "However, demand is high for both compute and storage capacity, as well as associated software and services. The stark reality of nearly 30% capacity demand growth tips the scales against lower per-capacity costs and the continued push to drive down costs through cloud adoption and storage efficiency technologies."
This IDC Market Presentation provides an analysis of Canadian brand perceptions of enterprise storage system (ESS) 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 10 key buying criteria used for evaluating vendors when purchasing storage hardware. The document also examines how Dell EMC, Hitachi Vantara, HPE, IBM, NetApp, and Pure Storage each measures up against the top buying criteria.
This IDC study examines market shares of enterprise storage systems for the top 6 vendors in Canada, and it updates Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Market Shares, 2016: Can Consolidation Cure Cloud's Continuous Constraints? (IDC #CA41970317, October 2017).
"Canada has not seen nearly the shift in storage deployment methodologies that have been experienced in the United States," says Dave Pearson, research manager for Enterprise Storage and Networking at IDC Canada. "There will certainly be greater reliance on cloud storage to come, and more penetration of server-based and ODM storage in hyperscale deployments here, but for now, the battle for traditional arrays is still heated. Niche vendors addressing key workloads are still experiencing growth, and traditional OEMs are looking to build or buy these same capabilities, especially around flash, hyperconverged, and object storage."
Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson
This IDC study examines market shares of the top networking equipment vendors in Canada. It updates the previous study (see Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2016: Market Slows, Competition Grows, IDC #CA41970117, October 2017).
"Security hardware vendors continue to move up on the list of top networking equipment vendors, and 2017 was no exception," says Kevin Lonergan, research manager, Infrastructure Solutions and Security. "Outside of security hardware, competition remains strong as vendors compete for share in declining markets such as IP telephony and routing and vendors ramp up for new technologies such as wireless ax access points in wireless LAN."