Global revenue for external controller-based (ECB) disk storage systems reached $3.8bn in the first quarter of 2006, an increase of 8.6 per cent over the same period last year, according to analyst Gartner.
EMC stayed ahead of the pack with a 24.1 per cent market share, and saw a 12.5 per cent increase in turnover to $915m for Q1. In terms of turnover, IBM and Hewlett-Packard followed EMC. They generated Q1 revenues of $482m and $469m respectively in the ECB disk sector.
Hitachi Data Systems saw market share drop by 6.2 per cent. It also saw sales of ECB storage slide by $23m to $349m, leaving it in fourth position. Dell generated turnover of $283m and took fifth position, while Network Appliance (NetApps) rested in sixth position with a turnover increase of 25.1 per cent to $264m.
Donna Taylor, principal analyst at Gartner’s global storage quarterly statistics programme, said: “NetApps and Dell’s figures represent a slowdown in revenue growth for both vendors over the same period last year.”
Sun, in seventh position, saw market share increase by one per cent to six per cent, and turnover for the quarter increased by $52m to $227m.
“Sun’s growth was primarily a result of its recent acquisition of StorageTek,” Taylor added.
Stuart Sawle, managing director of storage VAR Sysop, told CRN: “Demand for capacity is rising, but price per GB is dropping. There’s a push for VARs to expand into other markets, such as tiered storage.”
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