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External controller-based disk storage market grew 14.1% in 1Q 2011: Gartner

Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage market grew to $5bn in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 14.1% compared to revenues of $4.4bn in the first quarter of 2010, according to the market research firm Gartner.

The Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions registered high growth with 28.9% and 15.9% respectively, followed by North America at 12.9%, EMEA at 12.3% and Japan at 5.8%.

Gartner said that the deployment of file-access ECB disk storage systems with 30% year-over-year growth has shown strength in general-purpose enterprise infrastructures, and disk-based backup and archiving.

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Gartner research vice-president Roger Cox said that reflecting storage infrastructure refreshments, coupled with expanded deployments in virtualised server infrastructures, the larger block-access ECB disk storage market segment grew 10.6% year-over-year.

"The block-access ECB disk storage segment currently represents 79% of the total ECB disk storage market."

Vendor-wise, EMC increased its worldwide ECB disk storage revenue market share to 30.1% in the first quarter of 2011 while NetApp experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors with a revenue increase of 34.4% year-over-year.

HP grew faster than the industry average, gaining 0.2% market share, but the accretive impact of the 3PAR acquisition was offset by EVA and P9000-series revenue declines.

The research firm said that Fujitsu is gaining increased traction with its Eternus ECB disk storage systems, particularly in EMEA and Japan, while Oracle’s year-over-year revenue decline was caused by its terminated relationship with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS).
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