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Market Share Analysis: External Controller-Based Storage, Worldwide, 2022

Published: 21 June 2023


In 2022, the total ECB storage revenue grew 6.9%, as enterprises continued to transition to all flash storage and cloud. SSA vendor revenue rose 12.8%, while revenue for HDD/hybrid disk-based arrays increased by 1.7%. SSA accounted for 49.6% of the total ECB revenue in 2022, up from 47% in 2021.

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Key Market Findings
  • External controller-based (ECB) storage global revenue increased 6.9% to reach $22.7 billion in 2022, fueled by continued storage infrastructure modernization.

  • Backup and recovery (B&R) appliance revenue increased 4.1% to reach $1.9 billion in 2022, driven by ransomware protection, backup as a service, and backup to cloud.

  • Primary storage market revenue increased 5.3% in 2022 to reach $16.8 billion. Within this segment, revenue shifted from hard-disk drive (HDD)/hybrid to solid-state array (SSA), driving up SSA’s share in the primary storage market to 63% in 2022.

  • Secondary storage market revenue grew 16% to reach $4.01 billion in 2022, led by 48.3% growth

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