2010 a Very Good Year in Storage: Gartner

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-08 Print this article Print

A researcher declares 2010 the segment's highest revenue-producing year ever, the only sector in all of IT to accomplish this in the last 12 months.

Gartner's IT industry research confirmed March 8 what IDC had reported a few days ago: That the data storage hardware industry had a pretty darn good year in 2010.

In fact, Gartner went one up and declared 2010 the segment's highest revenue-producing year ever, the only sector in all of IT to accomplish this in the last 12 months.

Gartner reported that the worldwide ECB (external controller-based) disk storage market exceeded its previous high set in 2008 by $1.4 billion in 2010. In total, ECB storage revenue hit the  $19.4 billion mark in 2010, an 18.1 percent increase from 2009 revenue of $16.5 billion.

"Storage infrastructure modernization, expanded server and desktop virtualization projects, disk-based backup and archiving deployments, new file-oriented applications, and cloud-based service offerings are the engines that are propelling ECB disk storage vendor revenue growth," said Roger Cox, research vice president at Gartner.

"Clearly, IT executives are showing a willingness to invest in new and modern ECB disk storage solutions that address complexity, reduce opex and improve utilization while satisfying demanding service-level agreements."

Gartner noted that despite its 80 percent share of the overall market, it was significant that even though block-access ECB disk storage grew 14.9 percent over 2009 in 2010, the segment grew only 3.4 percent over 2008.

File-access ECB disk storage grew 36.2 percent in 2010 over 2009 and 37.6 percent over 2008, Gartner said.

EMC increased its worldwide ECB disk storage revenue market share to 28 percent in 2010 and 28.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010. NetApp experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors in 2010 with a revenue increase of 50.9 percent from 2009.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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