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Global disk storage systems see continued rise in Q2

Posted: 10 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IDC? disk storage systems? IBM? NetApp? NAS market?

According to the latest report from International Data Corp. (IDC), the worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues generated YoY growth of 6.5 percent, reaching nearly $6 billion, in 2Q12. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market posted about $8.1 billion in revenues, representing eight percent growth YoY. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 6,667 petabytes, growing 24.8 percent YoY, added the market research firm.

"Despite concerns regarding the global and regional economies, end users continue to invest in storage infrastructures. Helping to drive the worldwide market in Q2 was the double-digit growth in the emerging regions and strong demand for mid-range storage," said Liz Conner, senior research analyst, storage systems at IDC.

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 30.4 percent revenue share in Q2, followed by IBM and NetApp in a statistical tie for second with 12.9 percent and 12.1 percent market share, respectively. HP captured the number four position with 10.7 percent share. Hitachi and Dell rounded out the top 5 in statistical tie* for fifth with 8.1 percent and 7.8 percent market shares, respectively.

The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open/iSCSI SAN) grew 6.5 percent YoY inQ2 to just under $5.2 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total open networked storage market with 33.7 percent revenue share, followed by NetApp with a 14 percent revenue share.

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Figure 1: Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Factory Revenue, 2Q12 (in millions)
Source: IDC September 2012.

In the Open SAN market, which grew eight percent YoY, EMC was the leading vendor with 29.4 percent revenue share, followed by IBM in second and HP in third with 15.2 percent and 12.8 percent shares, respectively.

The NAS market increased 2.5 percent YoY, led by EMC with 45.7 percent revenue share and followed by NetApp with 32 percent share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show good growth, posting 5.9 percent revenue growth compared to the prior year's quarter. Dell led the market with 28.3 percent revenue share, followed by EMC in second with 20.4 percent market share. HP and NetApp finished the quarter in a statistical tie for third with 12.6 percent and 12.1 percent market shares, respectively.

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Figure 1: Top 5 Vendors Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Factory Revenue, 2Q12 (in millions)
Source: IDC September 2012

"The mid-range storage class (ASP $25k-$249.99k) grew faster than any other class at 12.2 percent YoY growth in Q2," said Amita Potnis, senior research analyst, storage systems at IDC. "At 48.2 percent share of total worldwide external revenue in 2Q12, IDC expects that the mid-range storage class will soon cross the 50 percent revenue share milestone. IDC believes that this class will be the fastest growing class as vendors bring to market modular systems offering enterprise-level functionality such as compression, tiering, and data de-duplication at greater affordability."

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In the total worldwide disk storage systems market, EMC finished in the top position followed by HP with market shares of 22.6 percent and 19.3 percent, respectively.

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