Second quarter slump in disk storage market

Factory revenues for disc storage systems reached $4.73billion in the second quarter of 2003 — down 3.9% on last year. At the same time, storage capacity continues to outstrip revenue, growing 36% year on year.

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By  Patrick Phelvin Published  September 8, 2003

Factory revenues for disc storage systems reached $4.73billion in the second quarter of 2003 — down 3.9% on last year. At the same time, storage capacity continues to outstrip revenue, growing 36% year on year.

IDC’s worldwide disk storage systems tracker shows signs of a recovery in the North American market during the second quarter. But declines in the Asian market paint a bleaker overall picture.

Leading the disk storage systems market is HP, with a 26.7% market share. HP is followed by IBM and EMC with 20.2% and 12.7% revenue share respectively.

IBM and Dell posted the strongest year-over-year market share gain during the second quarter among the top five vendors, with 2.5 and 1.5 points of share gain respectively.

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

“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.

In the total external disk storage system market, revenue decreased 5% on last year’s second quarter to US$3.2 billion. HP maintained its number one position with 21.5% revenue share. EMC was second with an 18.8% revenue share.

Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, HP Network Storage Solutions, says he is pleased the company has a strong position in the storage provision market. “In the challenging global IT market, HP is consistently executing on its storage roadmap and furthering its HP adaptive enterprise strategy,” he adds.

Meanwhile, the total external redundant array of independent disks RAID market declined less than the overall external market with 1.4% year-over-year decline to US$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 with 27.5% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 24.5% and 11.4% revenue share respectively.

The open storage area networks (OpenSAN) market grew 12% on last year’s second quarter. HP led with 29.7% revenue share followed by EMC with 25% share. In the network attached storage (NAS) market, EMC and Network Appliance tied for first position, each with 37% market share.

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