Sales of high-end storage systems ($250K or more) led the way in 2010 with 26 percent growth.
Along with most other
businesses, the external disk data storage market was hit by some significant
declines during the macroeconomic slowdown of 2008/2009, but 2010 was a year of
strong recovery, according to a new factory revenue report released March 4 by IDC.
Global disk storage revenue posted year-over-year growth of 16.2 percent,
totaling just under $6.1 billion, in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to
IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker.
The total disk storage systems market, which includes both internal and
external disk storage, grew to $8.3 billion in revenues, resulting in 14.3
percent growth from the prior year.
"The fourth quarter of 2010 continued the trend of economic recovery and
helped close a successful year for disk storage," said Liz Conner, IDC
senior research analyst. "Aiding in the fourth-quarter gains, and all of
2010, was the continued growth of network storage, growing 21.7 percent from
4Q09 to 4Q10, and 25.7 percent from 2009 to 2010.
"Reduction in IT budget constraints has allowed users to take advantage of
vertical and use-case-specific network storage products introduced in the past
12 to18 months," she said.
After significant declines during the 2009 crisis and the strong recovery in
2010, high-end systems' revenue share is now 30.2 percent, thus bouncing back
to the 2008 pre-crisis levels, IDC said.
Capacity shipped continues to skyrocket. Total disk storage systems capacity
sold reached 5,127 petabytes, a hefty 55.7 percent year-over-year growth.
High-End Systems Lead Sales Growth
"What is growing more than we expected is the high end [of the disk
storage market]," Natalya Yezhkova, research director in IDC's Storage
Systems program, told eWEEK. IDC considers "high end" to be storage
systems appraised at $250,000 or more in value.
"This market is growing at 26 percent year over year. This is pretty
decent growth, despite all those declines in 2009. The recovery we have seen in
this market for 2010 was pretty remarkable," she said.
EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 26
percent revenue share in the fourth quarter-with IBM in second place and HP in
third, with 16.3 percent and 11.6 percent market share, respectively.
NetApp ended the quarter in fourth at 10.3 percent. Hitachi and Dell were
statistically tied for fifth with 8.7 percent and 7.9 percent, respectively.
The open networked disk storage market (NAS combined with open/iSCSI SAN) grew
21.7 percent year over year in the fourth quarter to $5.1 billion in revenues.
EMC continued its leadership here, with 29.7 percent revenue share, followed by
IBM with a 15.2 percent.
In the open SAN market, which grew 15.1 percent year over year, EMC was the
leading vendor, with 20.1 percent revenue share-followed by IBM in second and
HP in third, with 19.0 percent and 15.4 percent, respectively.
The NAS market grew 41.3 percent year over year-led by EMC, with 52.8 percent
revenue share-and followed by NetApp, with 23.7 percent.