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Enterprise storage market back in familiar pattern

08 Jun 15

EMC has finished atop the leaders board in the total worldwide storage systems market, following a 6.8% growth year over year in the market for the first quarter of 2015.

Revenue for to nearly $8.8 billion during 1Q15, with total capacity shipments up 41.1% year over year to 28.3 exabytes during the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation.

"Following a busy end-of-year spending environment, the enterprise storage market fell back into what has become a familiar market pattern," explains Eric Sheppard, research director, storage at IDC. 

"Spending on traditional external arrays fell during the quarter while demand for server-based storage and hyperscale infrastructure was up strongly during the quarter."

1Q15 Total Disk Storage Systems Market Results
EMC finished in the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 17.4% of all spending in 1Q15, IDC says. 

HP held the second2 position with a 14.6% share of spending during the quarter, with Dell accounting for 10.2% of global spending. As a collective group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 12.6% of global spending during the quarter.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems Market, First Quarter of 2015 (Revenues are in Millions) 

Vendor

1Q15 Revenue

1Q15 Market Share

1Q14 Revenue

1Q14 Market Share

1Q15/1Q14 Revenue Growth

1. EMC

$1,531

17.4%

$1,640

20.0%

-6.7%

2. HP

$1,280

14.6%

$1,072

13.1%

19.3%

3. Dell

$897

10.2%

$846

10.3%

6.0%

4. NetApp

$765

8.7%

$854

10.4%

-10.5%

5. IBM

$525

6.0%

$743

9.0%

-29.3%

ODM Direct

$1,104

12.6%

$899

10.9%

22.9%

Others

$2,672

30.5%

$2,159

26.3%

23.8%

All Vendors

$8,773

100.0%

$8,213

100.0%

6.8%

 

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, June 5, 2015
*Note: IBM's 1Q15 revenue excludes x86 servers due to the sale of that business to Lenovo.

Open Networked Disk Storage Systems Highlights
The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with non-mainframe SAN) generated $6.3 billion in revenue during the quarter. EMC maintained its leadership in the total open networked storage market with 29.8% revenue share, and NetApp generated 15.6% of revenue within this market segment.

1Q15 External Disk Storage Systems Results
EMC was the largest external storage systems supplier during the quarter, accounting for 27.3% of sales. NetApp generated 13.6% of total sales during the quarter. HP and Hitachi ended the quarter in a statistical tie for the third position with 9.1% and 9.0% share of worldwide revenue, respectively.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Market, First Quarter of 2015  (Revenues are in Millions) 

Vendor

1Q15 Revenue

1Q15 Market Share

1Q14 Revenue

1Q14 Market Share

1Q15/1Q14 Revenue Growth

1. EMC

$1,531

27.3%

$1,640

29.1%

-6.7%

2. NetApp

$765

13.6%

$854

15.1%

-10.5%

3. HP*

$512

9.1%

$499

8.8%

2.6%

3. Hitachi*

$507

9.0%

$493

8.7%

2.8%

5. IBM

$434

7.7%

$497

8.8%

-12.8%

Others

$1,859

33.1%

$1,658

29.4%

12.1%

All Vendors

$5,607

100.0%

$5,643

100.0%

-0.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, June 4, 2015

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