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March 4, 2010

External disk storage systems factory revenue marginally down in Q409, says IDC

Disk storage systems capacity shipped up 33.4% on year ago quarter

By CBR Staff Writer

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues were down 0.7% to $5.28bn in the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to $5.32bn in the same period last year, according to research and analytic firm IDC.

The study showed that the total disk storage systems market grew to $7.3bn in revenues, a 0.2% growth from the prior year’s fourth quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 3,304 petabytes, growing 33.4% year over year.

EMC gained the first spot in external disk storage systems market with revenue of $1.25bn, accounting for a market revenue share of 23.7%, while IBM stood second with revenue of $889m and 16.8% revenue share. HP with revenue of $641m, ended the quarter in the third position with 12.1% market share. Dell and NetApp finished the quarter with 8.1% and 8.3% revenue share, respectively, IDC reported.

According to the report, total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open / iSCSI SAN) grew 3.6% year over year in the fourth quarter to $4.2bn in revenues. EMC continued to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 27.9% revenue share, followed by IBM with 16.0% revenue share.

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In the Open SAN market that grew 0.9% year over year EMC maintained its lead with 20.4% revenue share. The NAS market grew 12.6% year over year, led by EMC with 50.5% revenue share and followed by NetApp with 20.2% share. The iSCSI SAN market continued to show strong momentum, posting 30% revenue growth compared to the prior year’s quarter. Dell led the market with 31.5% revenue share, followed by EMC with 15.7%.

Steve Scully, research manager of enterprise storage, said: Network Attached Storage (NAS) now represents 20% of external disk storage systems factory revenue as users look for storage solutions to help them deal with the continued growth IDC sees with unstructured, file-based data.

The growing number of unified storage solutions has made it easier for customers to implement one platform for multiple file-based and block-based storage workloads.

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