IBM leading earner in tape storage market

IBM continues to hold onto the top spot for tape storage revenue, despite rival HP selling more units, according to the latest research from IDC.

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By  Administrator Published  May 10, 2007

IBM continues to hold onto the top spot for tape storage revenue, despite rival HP selling more units, according to the latest research from IDC.

The analyst firm's report on the tape market shows that IBM's domination of the high-end of the tape storage market is allowing it to capture the lion's share of revenue; it captured 33% of all tape drive revenue, despite only having 15% market share in terms of units shipped.

HP by contrast shipped 34% of all units but banked just 31% of total market revenue, bringing in US$492million compared to IBM's US$538million.

IBM's revenue market share was up nearly 5% on its 2005 performance, where it had banked 28.5% of total tape drive revenue. Its share of the enterprise market was 62%, according to IDC.

Other strong suppliers were Dell and Quantum, with 23% and 14% respectively of shipments, and 14% and 7% of sales.

"The majority of midrange tape drives continue to be brought to market through branded channels by top-tier server suppliers," said the report's author, IDC analyst Robert Amatruda. "HP was the dominant supplier in the midrange tape drive market, selling 43% of the 289,264 total standalone drives shipped in 2006."

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