Hardware sales show steady growth in 2006

Growing demand for network storage systems helped keep the worldwide external disk storage market buoyant last year, according to research firm IDC.

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By  Administrator Published  April 5, 2007

Growing demand for network storage systems helped keep the worldwide external disk storage market buoyant last year, according to research firm IDC.

Revenues for external disk storage systems grew 6% in Q4 2006, up to US$4.8 billion, while total revenues for the full year were US$17 billion, up 8% on 2005.

Network disk storage systems posted a healthy 12.7% growth year-on-year for Q4 2006, up to more than US$3.3 billion. IDC said networked systems priced between US$15,000 and US$150,000 sold particularly well.

"The adoption of networked storage continues to fuel the market," said Brad Nisbet, program manager with IDC's Storage Systems Program.

"In particular, we saw strong results for NAS [network attached storage] which is indicative of ongoing interest in file-related storage. In addition, iSCSI continues to emerge as an alternative connection type for many customers as they look to simplify the environment for less mission-critical applications," he added.

EMC maintained its lead overall in the external disk sector, with 22% market share for Q4 2006 and for the year. IBM and HP were second and third for the quarter and year, followed by Dell and Hitachi.

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