Storage spending defied economic woes in Q2, say analysts IDC
Full-featured modular systems helped drive midrange storage revenue up by double digits
By Stephen Lawson | Published: 08:57, 07 September 2012
Enterprises continued to buy more storage in the second quarter despite economic woes in many parts of the world, driving total disk storage system revenue up 8.0% from a year earlier, according to research company IDC.
Spending on all disk storage rose to nearly $8.1 billion in the quarter, led by double-digit growth in emerging countries, IDC said. Enterprises also bought more bytes of data capacity, with shipments rising 24.8% from a year earlier to 6,667 petabytes.
Midrange storage systems, including modular products that have advanced features but are more affordable than higher-end enterprise gear, were the fastest-growing product category, according to IDC. Those systems may include compression, tiering and data de-duplication, but range in price from $25,000 to $249,999, IDC said. Revenue from midrange platforms grew 12.2%, and they are now producing nearly half the revenue in the external storage systems market, the company said.
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Total external storage systems, which includes all types of platforms that have three or more disks deployed outside of a server, logged year-over-year revenue growth of 6.5% to just under $6.0 billion, IDC said. EMC remained at the front of the external-storage pack with 30.4% revenue market share. IBM and NetApp were statistically tied for second place with market shares of 12.9% and 12.1%, respectively. HP was fourth with 10.7% of the market and Dell came in fifth.
Research company Gartner was set to announce its own second-quarter numbers for external controller-based storage systems on Friday. Its report, which counts products slightly differently, shows external storage system revenue up 6.7% to $5.5 billion. That marked the 11th consecutive quarter of growing revenue for external storage, according to Gartner, but fell short of the company's forecast of 7.9% growth year over year.
Storage sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa were particularly hard hit by weak economies, according to Gartner, with 2.6% revenue growth compared with Gartner's forecast of 7.4%. Asia-Pacific also fell short of expectations. However, North America and Japan exceeded the company's estimates.