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Gartner Says Worldwide External Controller-Based Disk Storage Market Grew 10.2 Percent in First Quarter of 2008

Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue totaled $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2008, a 10.2 percent increase over the same period in 2007, according to Gartner, Inc.

EMC, Dell, NetApp and Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens all experienced strong double-digit growth year over year among the top-tier vendors (see Table 1). EMC maintained the No. 1 spot overall, finishing the quarter with 24.1 percent market share. IBM was in second place with 11.3 percent of the market followed closely by HP with 11.0 percent. Hitachi/HDS was in the No. 4 position with a market share of 10.1 percent. Dell, after tying NetApp for the No. 5 spot in 1Q07, took over that position this quarter largely because of Dell’s acquisition of EquaLogic last year. Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens’ revenue grew considerably year over year, mostly because of Fujitsu Siemens Computers introduction of new brands in Europe. Other vendors increased their share of the market by 33.6 percent year over year, finishing the quarter with 16.0 percent of the market.

“A revenue growth of 10.2 percent worldwide year over year indicates that the storage market is still in strong demand. Capacity shipments grew 48.9 percent year over year to 1.1 million terabytes showing the continuing mounting need for additional storage,” said Robin Burke, research vice president for Gartner’s global Storage Quarterly Statistics program.

Table 1
Worldwide External Controller-Based Disk Storage Vendor Revenue Estimates for 1Q08
(Millions of U.S. Dollars)

Company

1Q08 Revenue

1Q08 Market Share (%)

1Q07 Revenue

1Q07 Market Share (%)

1Q07-1Q08 Change (%)

EMC*

1,048.7

24.1

923.8

23.4

13.5

IBM

$492.0

11.3

499.6

12.7

-1.5

HP

$479.0

11.0

482.4

12.2

-0.7

Hitachi Data Systems**

$437.5

10.1

499.1

12.7

-12.4

Dell Inc.***

$382.0

8.8

315.9

8.0

20.9

NetApp

$358.7

8.3

315.9

8.0

13.5

Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens

$237.9

5.5

163.5

4.1

45.6

Sun Microsystems

$214.7

4.9

222.3

5.6

-3.4

Other Vendors

$693.6

16.0

519.3

13.2

33.6

Total

4,344.1

100.0

3,941.9

100.0

10.2

Note* EMC revenue excludes OEM revenue from Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.
Note ** Hitachi/HDS revenue excludes OEM revenue from HP and Sun Microsystems.
Note*** Dell revenue includes EquaLogic beginning 1Q08.
Source: Gartner (June 2008)

Gartner external controller-based disk storage reports reflect hardware only revenue, as well as hardware revenue associated with financial leases and managed services. Optional storage software revenue and storage area network infrastructure components are excluded.

Additional information on the ECB disk storage market is available in the Gartner Dataquest report “Market Share: Disk Array Storage, All Regions, All Countries, 1Q05-1Q08." The report includes vendor market share by data access method, price band, channel and operating system segmentation. The report is available on Gartner’s Web site.

 

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