Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Market Posts Double-Digit Growth for Fifth Consecutive Quarter, According to IDC 

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 3, 2011 – Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 13.2%, totaling just under $5.6 billion in the first quarter of 2011 (1Q11), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to just shy of $7.5 billion in revenues, representing 12.1% growth from the prior year's first quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 4,956 petabytes, growing 46.3% year over year.

"The worldwide disk storage market is off to a strong start in 2011," said Amita Potnis, senior research analyst, Storage Systems at IDC. "Although the market declined sequentially in the first quarter, due to a seasonal budget flush in Q4, year-over-year growth can be seen as end-users are taking advantage of easing budget constraints while adopting new capabilities available in the market."

Total External Disk Storage Systems

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 27.3% revenue share in the first quarter, followed by NetApp in second and IBM in third with 13.5% and 12.2% market share respectively. HP ended the quarter in fourth position, with 10.5%, and Hitachi was fifth with 9.0%.

Open Networked Disk Storage Systems

The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open / iSCSI SAN) grew 17.3% year over year in the first quarter to $4.7 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total open networked storage market with 30.8% revenue share, followed by NetApp with a 16.1% revenue share.

In the Open SAN market, which grew 13.4% year over year, EMC was the leading vendor with 22.7% revenue share, followed by IBM in second and HP in third with 14.8% and 13.4% share, respectively.

The NAS market grew 27.1% year over year, led by EMC with 48.8% revenue share and followed by NetApp with 30.8% share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show strong growth, posting 23.0% revenue growth compared to the prior year's quarter. Dell led the market with 32.9% revenue share, followed by HP and EMC tied* for second with 14.4% and 14.2% market share respectively.

"Strong growth in key midrange (price bands 6 & 7, $50K-149.99K) and high-end (price bands 9 & 10, $250K+) segments helped drive overall year-over-year gains in the first quarter," said Liz Conner, senior research analyst, Storage Systems. "Products offering scale-out architecture, file storage, and capacity optimizing features, such as data deduplication, helped drive the midrange market, while the high-end saw a renewed interest in Fibre Channel."

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Factory Revenue, First Quarter of 2011 (Revenues are in Millions) 

Vendor 1Q11 Revenue 1Q11 Market Share 1Q10 Revenue 1Q10 Market Share 1Q11/1Q10 Revenue Growth

1. EMC $1,523 27.3% $1,222 24.8% 24.7%

2. NetApp $757 13.5% $549 11.1% 37.8%

3. IBM $681 12.2% $579 11.7% 17.6%

4. HP $588 10.5% $506 10.3% 16.1%

5. Hitachi $503 9.0% $397 8.0% 26.8%

Others $1,534 27.5% $1,682 34.1% -8.8%

All Vendors $5,586 100.0% $4,935 100.0% 13.2%

Source: IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker, June 3, 2011

Notes:

Starting in Q2 2010, HP is reported as the combined entity of HP and H3C.

Starting in Q4 2010, HP is reported as the combined entity of HP and 3PAR.

Starting in Q1 2011, EMC is reported as the combined entity of EMC and Isilon.

Starting in Q1 2011, Dell is reported as the combined entity of Dell and Compellent.

* IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide disk storage market when there is less than one percent difference in the factory revenues of two or more vendors.

Total Disk Storage Systems Market

In the total worldwide disk storage systems market, EMC finished in the top position followed by HP with market shares of 20.3% and 18.4% respectively.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Factory Revenue, First Quarter of 2011 (Revenues are in Millions) 

Vendor 1Q11 Revenue 1Q11 Market Share 1Q10 Revenue 1Q10 Market Share 1Q11/1Q10 Revenue Growth

1. EMC $1,523 20.3% $1,222 18.3% 24.7%

1. HP $1,380 18.4% $1,208 18.1% 14.2%

3. IBM $1,097 14.6% $955 14.3% 14.9%

4. Dell $857 11.4% $852 12.7% 0.7%

5. NetApp $757 10.1% $549 8.2% 37.8%

Others $1,882 25.1% $1,899 28.4% -0.9%

All Vendors $7,496 100.0% $6,685 100.0% 12.1%