Growth in revenue from sales of disc storage, particularly in the US, is stronger than it has been for two years, said research company IDC.
Worldwide factory revenues for external disc storage systems grew 8.4% year on year to $3.7bn in the fourth quarter of 2003. The overall market for disc storage systems grew 6.1% year on year.
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The total network storage market, which consists of network-attached storage plus Open and iSCSI (Internet Small Computer System Interface) storage area networks (Sans), saw a 23.5% year-on-year growth in the fourth quarter, to more than $2.1bn, largely because of growth in the Open storage area network market, which grew 26.4% compared with the same quarter a year ago.
Hewlett-Packard continued to lead the external disc storage systems market with 21.7% revenue share, followed by EMC and IBM with 20% and 16.8%, respectively.
Hitachi and Dell followed with 7.4% and 6.4% respectively. The top five suppliers now have 82.4% of the fast-consolidating external disc storage systems market.
EMC maintained its leadership in the total network storage market with 28.1% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 26% and 14.4%.
IBM and HP both saw increases of 2% from the same quarter last year. HP led the Open San market with 30.9% followed by EMC with 25.8% market share.
In the overall disc storage market, HP is fighting for first place with IBM, which drew almost level with 25.4%, compared with HP's 25.6% market share for the fourth quarter.
EMC came in third with 13.3% of the market, followed by Dell with 6.5%. Hitachi and Sun Microsystems shared fifth place with 5.1%.
For the full year, the total market grew to $19.8bn. HP had a 26.3% market share for the year, followed by IBM and EMC with 21.6% and 12.7%.
Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service