Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue in the third quarter of 2010 grew 16%, as compared with the same period last year, according to Gartner.
The total revenue from Worldwide ECB stood at $4.6bn in the third quarter of 2010, an increase of $0.6bn from $4bn in the third quarter of 2009.
The ECB disk storage market declined in 2009, however, the market revenue increased by 8.4% compared to third quarter of 2008 revenue of $4.3bn.
The firm said that except for the EMEA region, all other major countries recorded a double-digit year-on-year growth, with Latin America registering growth rate of 43.4%.
According to Gartner, Asia/Pacific increased 22.2%, Japan grew by 18%, and North America grew 17.2%.
Terabytes shipped in the third quarter of 2010 increased 60.4% over the third quarter of 2009, while price per terabyte decreased 28% in the third quarter of 2010.
According to Gartner, EMC has maintained its top position by recording $1.33bn revenue for worldwide ECB disk storage vendor revenue followed by IBM with $597m, NetApp with $530m, HP with $445.7m and Dell recorded $389m for the same third quarter of 2010.
Gartner research vice president Roger Cox said in spite of an erratic global economy, and even though IT budgets remain tight, IT executives continue to invest in ECB disk storage to support projects that yield economic efficiencies.
"Significant investment examples include shared ECB disk storage support for virtualised server and desktop deployments, disk-based backup and recovery modernisation initiatives, as well as new disk-based active archiving projects," Cox said.
"General-purpose ECB disk storage infrastructures are also being refreshed to take advantage of new technologies that simplify storage management, reduce operational costs, improve utilisation and satisfy expanding service level agreements (SLAs)."