Disk storage systems maintain steady growth in Q3

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For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market posted just under $7.9 billion in revenues, representing 3.7-percent growth from the prior year’s third quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 7,104 petabytes, growing 24.4 percent year-over-year. “The external disk storage system market continues to exhibit steady growth, posting solid third quarter factory revenues of just over $5.9 billion,” said Liz Conner, senior research analyst for storage systems at IDC. “End users continue to invest in storage infrastructures despite persistent concerns surrounding global and regional economies. Helping to drive the worldwide market in the third quarter was the double-digit growth in multi-protocol storage architecture and strong demand for upper mid-range and high-end storage.” “The disk storage systems market crossed an important milestone in the third quarter when the new capacity consumption surpassed seven exabytes for the first time,” said Eric Sheppard, research director for storage systems at IDC. “This milestone occurred at a time of unfavorable economic conditions in Europe and improved utilization rates contributable to storage optimization technologies, suggesting demand for storage capacity is outstripping market headwinds.” [caption id="attachment_6925" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Credit: IDC"][/caption] Vendor rankings EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 30-percent revenue share in the third quarter, followed by NetApp and IBM, which are tied for second with 11.9 percent and 11.7 percent market share, respectively. Hitachi and HP finished the quarter in a statistical tie for the fourth position with 9.7 percent market shares each. The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open / iSCSI SAN) grew 4.7 percent year-over-year in the third quarter to just over $5.1 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total open networked storage market with 33.5 percent revenue share, followed by NetApp with a 13.7 percent revenue share. In the Open SAN market, which grew 4.4 percent year over year, EMC was the leading vendor with 29.8 percent revenue share, followed by IBM in second with 14.0 percent market share and Hitachi and HP tied for third with 12.2 percent and 11.8 percent shares, respectively. The NAS market increased 5.7 percent year-over-year, led by EMC with 43.6-percent revenue share and followed by NetApp with 29.4-percent share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show good growth, posting 6.9-percent revenue growth compared to the prior year’s quarter. Dell led the market with 28.3 percent revenue share, followed by EMC in second with 19.8 percent market share. NetApp was in third with 13.3-percent market share. ]]>

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