Disk storage market falters in the second quarter

According to IDC, factory revenues for disk storage systems amounted to US$ 4.73 billion in the second quarter of 2003 — a 3.9% fall compared with Q2 2002.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 8, 2003

The storage market still appears to be struggling in the wake of global economic recession. According to IDC, factory revenues for disk storage systems amounted to US$ 4.73 billion in the second quarter of 2003 — a 3.9% fall compared with Q2 2002.

Overall storage capacity continues to outpace revenue, growing 36% year-over-year to 181.6 petabytes shipped during the second quarter.

“This is the second quarter of growth in North America, an indication of a turnaround in that region,” says John McArthur, group vice president of Storage Research at IDC.

“At the same time, we saw significant declines in Asia, particularly in Japan. The results are decidedly mixed, providing no indication of a near-term, global recovery in the disk storage systems market,” he adds.

During Q2, HP led the total disk storage system market, with 26.7% revenue share, followed by IBM and EMC with 20.2% and 12.7% revenue share, respectively.

Of the top five vendors, IBM and Dell posted the strongest year-over-year growth, gaining 2.5 and 1.5 point share respectively.

In the total external disk storage system market, revenue decreased 5% year-over-year in the second quarter to $ 3.2 billion. HP maintained the number one slot with 21.5% revenue share.

EMC was number two with 18.8% revenue share.

Meanwhile, the total external RAID market declined less than the overall external market with 1.4% year-over-year drop to $2.87 billion. EMC led the total external RAID market with 21% revenue share and HP followed closely with 20% revenue share.

EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total network storage market (NAS combined with Open SAN) with 27.5% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 24.5% and 11.4% revenue share, respectively. In the Open SAN market, which grew 12% compared to a year ago quarter, HP led with 29.7% revenue share followed by EMC with 25.0% share. In the NAS market, EMC and Network Appliance tied for the number 1 position each with 37% market share.

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