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Dave Pearson Dave Pearson

Research Director and Team Lead, Infrastructure | International Data Corporation (IDC)

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Research Director and Team Lead for IDC Canada's Infrastructure Solutions Research Group

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Biography

As Research Director and Team Lead for IDC Canada's Infrastructure Solutions Research Group, Dave Pearson manages our Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure: Sales Accelerator 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

Enterprise Storage

Datacentre Networking

Big Data and Analytics

Infrastructure

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Associated IDC Services (3)

  • Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure: Sales Accelerator
  • Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker - Canada Region
  • Canadian Security Solutions: Sales Accelerator

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Education (1)

Queen's University: B.A., Biochemistry 1996

Media Appearances (8)

Managing data storage in small businesses: A data storage strategy tutorial

Tech Target  

2020-02-14

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."

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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  online

2018-05-22

IDC Canada releases 7 new forecast documents, including Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2018-2022 (IDC#CA42531318). Dave Pearson provides comments on it.

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Dell desktop to data centre strategy has new pricing model

Computer Dealer News  

2017-05-08

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.

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Where and How Will All That (Big) Data be Stored?

IT in Canada  

2016-08-19

“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.”

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Why Hybrid and All Flash Storage are on the rise in Canada

IT in Canada  

2016-05-04

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....

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Dell, EMC combination needs to offer product roadmap clarity for CIOs

IT World Canada  online

2015-11-08

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.

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Developing and managing e-mail archiving policies

IT World Canada  online

2010-04-06

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.” ...

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Don’t lose sleep over U.S. e-discovery nightmares

IT World Canada  online

2010-03-18

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...

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Event Appearances (2)

The New Infrastructure Data World

IDC Directions 2019 Canada  Toronto

2019-05-02

Your Data is Where, Exactly? What’s Next for your Data Centre Infrastructure?

IDC Canada Executive Council 2018  Toronto Region Board of Trade, Toronto

2018-11-28

Reports (24)

Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Market Snapshot, 4Q20

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-12-16

This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure ecosystem during the fourth calendar quarter of 2020 — 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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Buyer Behaviour: Data Access and Workloads

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-12-14

This IDC Market Presentation highlights the results of IDC Canada's ITAP n5 2020 Survey. We asked 416 Canadian organizations of all sizes across all industries and regions about their levels of adoption in terms of capacity of file, block, and object storage. We asked them to consider both traditional on-premises deployments and cloud deployments. We also examined their budgeting expectations for the next 12 months, and the workloads that they tended to favour particular data access modes for.

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Canadian Cybersecurity Ecosystem Pulse, 4Q20: Understanding Endpoint Security

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-12-04

This IDC Market Presentation presents the results of IDC Canada's ITAP n6 2020 Survey, conducted in September 2020. Survey participants were asked about their level of adoption for endpoint security technologies and their buying behavior, namely the cadence of refresh cycles, the criteria they judge security technologies by, vendor preference, and triggers for vendor changes. This document can help vendors understand what to expect from endpoint security buyers throughout the sales cycle as well as assisting end users in determining whether or not they are making the same determinations as other Canadian organizations when it comes to endpoint security procurement.

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Canadian Cybersecurity Industry Outlook, 4Q20: 2019–2024 Security Forecast

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-12-04

This IDC Market Presentation presents the results of IDC's 2Q20 market forecasts for security appliance hardware, security software, and security services. Security product forecast by deployment model include: Hardware, Software & SaaS. While software functional markets include: Endpoint security, Identity and digital trust, Content management, Network security, and AIRO (analytics, intelligence, response, and orchestration). And security services are segmented by: Consulting, Implementation, Outsourcing, and Training.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Buyer Behaviour: Converged System Vendor Perceptions

IDC Canada

Dave Person, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare, Kevin Lonergan

2020-11-25

This Buyer Behaviour document is based on IDC Canada’s ITAP n6 2020 survey. We asked 404 Canadian organizations of all sizes across all industries and regions about the key criteria they consider when purchasing converged systems, their level of familiarity with vendors, and how they perceive those vendors with regards 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.

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IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Future of Digital Infrastructure 2021 Predictions

IDC

Ashish Nadkarni, Rohit Mehra, Rick Villars, Deepak Mohan, Rob Brothers, Eric Burgener, Brad Casemore, Jennifer Cooke, Shannon Kalvar, Matthew Eastwood, Stephen Elliot, Phil Goodwin, Tim Grieser, Mary Johnston Turner, Dave McCarthy, Susan G. Middleton, Pam Miller, Mario Morales, Dave Pearson, Elaina Stergiades, Sriram Subramanian, Rajnish Arora, Asli Kockal, Victoria Mendes, Masaaki Moriyama, Shane Rau, Juan Pablo Seminara

2020-10-28

This IDC study provides IDC's 2021 top 10 predictions for the future of digital infrastructure. "2020 has compelled business leaders to rethink their relationship with digital infrastructure. It has compelled organizations to make a shift in thinking of 'infrastructure that supports the business' to 'digital infrastructure that drives the business' — no longer can business leaders view digital infrastructure as an overhead. They must think of it as the foundation on which the business can become resilient and stay differentiated in the next normal," said Ashish Nadkarni, group VP, Infrastructure Systems, Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "Enterprises must invest strategically in their digital infrastructure to bring about a cultural, technology, workforce, and paradigm shift in the organization, thereby enabling the business outcomes they strive for," said Rohit Mehra, VP, Network Infrastructure at IDC.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Market Snapshot, 3Q20

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-10-27

This IDC Market Presentation examines the year-over-year changes in the overall datacenter infrastructure ecosystem during the third calendar quarter of 2020 — 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.

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Future of Digital Infrastructure: Ever Faster Delivery of Reliable Digital Services and Experiences

IDC

Andrew Buss, Brad Casemore, Dave Pearson, Deepak Mohan, Elaina Stergiades, Eric Burgener, Jeff Janukowicz, Mary Johnston Turner, Pam Miller, Phil Goodwin, Rajnish Arora, Richard L. Villars, Rory Duncan, Shawn P. McCarthy, Stephen Elliot

2020-09-08

This IDC Perspective discusses the future of digital infrastructure as defined by a global team of IDC analysts. The emerging digital infrastructure ecosystem is built on increasingly cloud-centric technologies, more ubiquitous deployment options, and more automated IT operations. Its focus is to ensure ever faster delivery of innovative infrastructure hardware, software, resource abstraction, and process technologies to support the development and continual refinement of resilient digital services and digital experiences. The transition to cloud-centric digital infrastructure depends upon commitment to a digital strategy focused on resource optimization, consistent resilience, and continual enhancement. In subsequent IDC market research documents, such as Ubiquitous Deployment: A Holistic Approach Makes Infrastructure More Adaptive and Flexible (forthcoming), we will delve into each element of our future of digital infrastructure framework.

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IDC Survey: Canadian Organizations on the Road to Recovery

IDC Canada

Tony Olvet, Nigel Wallis, Dave Pearson, Patty Bu

2020-08-20

This IDC Survey examines the current and future state of Canadian organizations and their response to the COVID-19 crisis. IDC has developed a five-stage model of the COVID-19 Road to Recovery. It provides useful guidance to business and IT leaders a way to look ahead and refine their approach to thrive in the digital economy post pandemic. In late July 2020, as part of IDC Canada's Business and IT Advisory Panel, we surveyed decision makers at 502 Canadian organizations to better understand where organizations were on the road to recovery. This document explores the responses by organization size, industry, and region in order to provide guidance to decision makers about how to benchmark their peers and prospects during this volatile pandemic.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Ecosystem Pulse, 3Q20: COVID-19 Accelerates Enterprise Network Modernization

IDC Canada

Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-08-06

This IDC Market Presentation discusses on Ecosystem Pulse, which is based on IDC Canada's ITAP n5 2020 Survey. We asked 416 Canadian organizations of all sizes across all industries and regions about how COVID-19 has impacted their current networking equipment priorities and future investment plans. This Market Presentation illuminates both the challenges being faced by Canadian organizations in 2020 and 2021 and the long-term implications of the decisions and investments they are making today.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Buyer Behaviour: Vendor Perceptions, 2020

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare, Kevin Lonergan

2020-07-07

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Market Update, 2Q20

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-06-23

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Network Equipment Ecosystem Pulse, 2Q20: State of SD-WAN and SD-Branch

IDC Canada

Yogesh Shivhare, Dave Pearson

2020-05-28

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.

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The Impact of COVID-19: Canadian Security Solutions Market

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Kevin Lonergan, Nigel Wallis

2020-04-14

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Action Item, 2Q20: The Impact of COVID-19

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Yogesh Shivhare, Nigel Wallis

2020-04-08

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Network Equipment Vendor Snapshots, 4Q19

IDC Canada

Yogesh Shivhare, Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan

2020-04-03

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Market Snapshot, 1Q20

IDC Canada

Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson, Yogesh Shivhare

2020-03-20

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.

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Canadian Datacenter Infrastructure Ecosystem Pulse, 1Q20: IT Demand for Key Technologies and Lines of Business

IDC Canada

Tony Olvet, Dave Pearson

2020-02-05

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.

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Canadian Infrastructure 2019 Market Update

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson, Tarun Bhasin, Kevin Lonergan, Yogesh Shivhare

2019-12-16

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.

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Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Market Shares, 2018: Few Vendors Are Sharing in Market Growth

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson

2019-10-18

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."

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Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Forecast, 2019–2023

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson

2019-05-17

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."

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Brand Perceptions of Enterprise Storage Vendors in Canada, 2019

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson

2019-04-04

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.

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Canadian Enterprise Storage Systems Market Shares, 2017: Smaller and Niche Vendors Making Waves in Canada

IDC Canada

Dave Pearson

2018-10-12

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."

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Canadian Networking Equipment Market Shares, 2017: Incumbents Lose Share to Smaller, Specialized Vendors

IDC Canada

Kevin Lonergan, Dave Pearson

2018-09-24

Sep 2018 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."

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