Who's #1 in disk arrays? (yawn)

Most end users don’t care much about vendors’ market shares (although they do care who’s rising or falling rapidly) but, maybe because I’m a bit of a sports fan, I like stats and standings, including those in the largest revenue segment of the storage industry – disk arrays.

Gartner Inc.’s numbers for the “external controller-based disk storage market” in the second quarter of this year (the most recent period for which they have final tallies) show that the 800-pound gorilla held on to its first place position, comfortably. On Q2 revenues of just over $1 billion, EMC garnered a 24.3% market share, followed by IBM with 14.1% ($631.7 million) and HP at 11.8% ($528.6 million).

Rounding out the top eight vendors were Dell, Hitachi Data Systems, NetApp, Sun and Fujitsu (including Fujitsu Siemens).

Somewhat surprisingly, Sun had the highest growth year-over-year (a 34.7% increase in revenues), attributable largely to its success with the StorageTek 2000/6000/9000 series of arrays. Also surprisingly, all but two of the top eight vendors had double-digit growth, with NetApp coming in second behind Sun with a 22.9% increase. Only HP (3.4% growth) and Fujitsu (a -2.8% decrease) did not rack up double-digit growth.

In one more surprising stat, the “other vendors” category showed strong growth in Q2, posting a 38.5% increase in revenue year-over-year while increasing market share from 13.5% in Q2 2007 to 15.8% in Q2 2008.

Prediction: NetApp will beat out Hitachi Data Systems within the next quarter or two to gain the #5 position in the disk array market (although it’s important to note that HDS’ revenues exclude OEM revenue from HP and Sun).


posted by: Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson, Editor-in-Chief
by Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson has been the Editor-in-Chief of InfoStor since its inception in 1997. He previously held editorial positions at publications such as Datamation, Systems Integration, and Digital News and Review. He can be contacted at dsimpson@quinstreet.com

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