The disk storage market started to find its feet again in Q3 2009, despite a 7.3 per cent annual drop in sales, research has claimed.
Analyst Gartner claims that last quarter's decline represents something of a recovery after the double-digit drops seen in the first half of the year. Total third quarter global revenues for external controller-based disk storage kit were $3.97bn, down from $4.28bn in the corresponding period last year.
EMC bolstered its position as the world's leading vendor, snaffling 26.7 per cent of the market. IBM took second spot, with a 13.2 per cent slice. Both firms suffered comparatively modest sales drops of about five per cent apiece.
HP was in third spot with 10.8 per cent of the market, two points ahead of Hitachi in fourth. HP saw sales fall 14.3 per cent, while Hitachi endured a 16.5 per cent drop-off as both firms lost market share.
Gartner's principal research analyst for its global storage quarterly statistics programme Donna Taylor, said: "The year-on-year decline of 7.3 percent indicates that the economic downturn’s impact on the disk array storage market is loosening its grip.
"The prior two quarters showed declines in the double digits, so this is good news for storage vendors, because it is the first sign of a light at the end of the tunnel."
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