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Worldwide external disk storage revenue declines in Q1

Worldwide external disk storage systems revenue declined 0.9% year-over-year to over $5.9bn during the first quarter of 2013, according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC).

According to the report, the total disk storage systems, which include both internal and external storage, generated $7.7bn revenue in the quarter, a 3.2% drop compared to the corresponding period last year.

During the first quarter, the total disk storage systems shipments however reached 7.8 exabytes, a 26.4% year over year rise compared to same period last year.

IDC Storage research director Eric Sheppard said that the reduced demand within developed markets caused global sales of external disk systems to fall during the first quarter of 2013.

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"Emerging markets drove growth within the global market but this was not enough to offset declines elsewhere," Sheppard said.

"Independent storage suppliers were better positioned to capitalize on this new level of demand than their competitors, some of whom are currently working through product transitions and declining server sales."

During the quarter, EMC led the external disk storage systems market with 30.4% revenue share, followed by NetApp and IBM with 14.9% and 10.9% market shares respectively, while Hitachi and HP competed for the fourth position with 8.9% and 8.5% revenue share, respectively.

The total open networked disk storage market experienced 0.4% year over year growth in revenues to over $5.1bn during the quarter, in which EMC led the market with 33.4% revenue share, followed by NetApp with revenue share of 17.1%.

Total Open SAN market recorded a 1.3% rise during the quarter with EMC as the leading vendor with 31.2% revenue share, followed by IBM with 12.6% market share, while the NAS market dropped by 2.2% year over year.
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