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Global ECB disc storage market hit $5.5B in Q1

Posted: 17 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:ECB? disc storage? IP-based disc storage?

Gartner Inc. has released a report that revealed that the worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disc storage vendor revenue reached $5.5 billion in 1Q13. This represented a 0.6 per cent increase from revenue of $5.4 billion in 1Q12, noted the market research firm.

EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and NetApp beat the YoY market growth rate in Q1. Despite a negative revenue performance by EMC's midrange portfolio, EMC gained share based on the strength of its high-end VMAX, which grew 11.5 per cent annually. Leveraging its year-end fiscal quarter, Fujitsu's focus on its Eternus-branded ECB disc storage products in EMEA beat market growth in all segments of the block-access market. In a reversal of historic patterns, Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems gained share in 1Q13 based on the performance of its midrange offerings, in particular the HUS Series and Hitachi Content Active Platform, while its high-end VSP fell short. Noting that clustered Data Ontap is gaining increased traction within its installed base and as a competitive alternative, NetApp displaced IBM as the second-largest ECB disc storage vendor in 1Q13.

Dell, HP and IBM continue to underperform the market and lose share for fundamentally the same reasons. Their new product YoY revenue gains are insufficient to offset the YoY decline of the products being replaced. Moreover, Dell may be suffering from organisational and structural issues that are hampering sales. HP continues to struggle with balancing the decline in what it classifies as "traditional storage" with its growing "converged" go-to-market models. IBM's strategy of emphasizing its IP-based disc storage products is gaining traction, but is not yet strong enough to offset declines in technology sourced from NetApp.

On a regional basis, EMEA remains in the grasp of a recession and grew only 1.7 per cent in 1Q13. North America suffered from a deadlock between its executive and legislative branches of government, which impacted growth in the quarter. Asia/Pacific macros, particularly in China, are losing luster, which slowed growth to 1.7 per cent in 1Q13.





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