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Storage demand keeps growing

The global external disc storage systems market grew by 8.6% in the second quarter to $3.8bn (£2.23bn), according to analyst IDC.

“The high year-on-year growth for external systems represents continued investment in networked storage, while further growth in internal storage indicates richer configurations and increased sales of servers with three or more hard disc drives,” said IDC analyst Brad Nisbet.

EMC maintained its lead in the external disc storage systems market with 21.2% of sales, followed by HP and IBM with an 18.8% and 13.8% share respectively.

Dell edged out Hitachi for the fourth position with an 8.3% share, while Hitachi ended the quarter with 7.3%.

Three of the top five vendors had double-digit growth during the second quarter with Dell leading the way with 27.1% year-on-year growth, followed by HP and IBM, each with more than 13% year-on-year growth.

The top five vendors accounted for almost 70% of the external disc storage systems market – up from 68% a year ago, confirming the maturity of the market, said IDC.


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