Global enterprise storage market sees decline in Q4 — IDC

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Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue declined 2.2% year-over-year to $10.4 billion during the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15), according to analyst firm IDC.

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Total capacity shipments were up 10.7% (year-over-year) to 35.5 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth declined within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was down 14.4% year-over-year to $1.2 billion.

Sales of server-based storage were up 6.1% during the quarter and accounted for $2.2 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $7.0 billion in sales represented a 2.3% year-over-year decline.

“The enterprise storage market closed out 2015 on a slight downturn, as spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline,” said Liz Conner, research manager for storage systems at IDC.

“Over the past year, end user focus has shifted towards server-based storage, software-defined storage, and cloud-based storage. As a result, traditional enterprise storage vendors are forced to revamp and update their product portfolios to meet these shifting demands.”

EMC finished in the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, capturing 21.5% of all revenue.

HP Enterprise was the number 2 vendor with 15.1% share of revenue during the quarter while Dell and IBM finished tied for the number 3 position with worldwide shares of 8.9% and 8.6% respectively.

As a group, storage systems sales by ODMs selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 11.2% of global spending during the quarter.

EMC was also the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter, accounting for 31.7% of worldwide revenues. IBM finished in the number 2 position with 11.3% share.

HP Enterprise and NetApp finished the quarter in a statistical tie for the number 3 position with 10.1% and 9.3% share of worldwide revenues, respectively. Hitachi rounded out the top 5 with a 7.6% share of worldwide external enterprise storage revenue during the quarter.

The total All Flash Array (AFA) market generated $955.4 million in revenue during the quarter, up 71.9% year-over-year. The Hybrid Flash Array (HFA) segment of the market continues to be a significant part of the overall market with $2.9 billion in revenue and 28.0% market share.

EMC finished in the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, capturing 19.2% of all revenue.

HP Enterprise was the number 2 vendor with 15.5% share of revenue during the year. Dell finished in the number 3 position with a worldwide share of 9.7%. As a group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 12.3% of global spending during the quarter.

EMC was the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter with a 29.6% share of worldwide revenues. NetApp finished in the number 2 position with 11.1% share.

HP Enterprise and IBM finished the quarter in a statistical tie for the number 3 position with 10.0% and 10.0% share of worldwide revenues, respectively. Hitachi rounded out the top 5 with a 7.7% share of worldwide external enterprise storage revenue during the year.

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