Disc storage market meeting demands of expanding datacentres

As the data needs of organisations increases, the disc storage market industry is responding to these needs says market research firm IDC.

As the data needs of organisations increases, the disc storage market industry is responding to these needs says market research firm IDC.


According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disc Storage Tracker, worldwide external disc storage systems factory revenues grew 8.5% in the second quarter of 2006 to $4.2bn, the total disc storage systems market grew to $5.9bn for the quarter, up 6.0% from the previous year's quarter.


For the first time, total disc storage systems capacity shipped 704 petabytes, growing 51.5% from the same quarter one year ago; it was also the 13th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.


"Disc storage systems vendors have invested heavily to expand their product offerings – most of the major vendors now have systems to address a wide range of application, capacity and performance requirements," says Brad Nisbet, program manager, IDC Storage Systems.


"As such, the disc storage systems market as a whole is well poised to satisfy the expected data growth associated with an expanding set of customer needs."


The total network disc storage market including Nas combined with Open San displayed 11.4% year-over-year growth in the first quarter to more than $2.8bn. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market with 26.2% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 21.1% and 11.6% revenue share, respectively.


In the Open San market, which grew 10.3% year over year, HP took the lead with 25.0% revenue share, followed by EMC with 23.0%. The Nas market grew 16.2% year over year. EMC led the Nas market with 38.5% revenue share, followed by Network Appliance with 32.6% share.


IDC reveals EMC and HP as finishing the period in a statistical tie for the number 1 position in the external disc storage systems market with respective revenue shares of 20.0% and 19.3%. IBM maintained the third position with 13.2% market share while Hitachi , Dell, and Sun ended the quarter in a statistical tie for number 4 with 8.0%, 7.8%, and 7.1% revenue share, respectively. Among the top suppliers, HP, Hitachi , and Sun each had double-digit year-over-year growth.

This was last published in September 2006

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