Sun Gets Big Traction in Storage Market

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-09-05 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sun moves ahead of such international competitors as Hitachi Data Systems and Fujitsu and into fifth place on the world chart with $494 million in sales (7 percent of the market). Sun recorded a 29.2 percent year-over-year increase in factory revenue for the second quarter, far outperforming the overall market.

Sun Microsystems is starting to show some real traction in selling its new Open Storage systems. And not a moment too soon, because Sun has had its difficulties lately.

In IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker released Sept. 5, Sun moved ahead of such international competitors as Hitachi Data Systems and Fujitsu and into fifth place on the world chart with $494 million in sales, or 7 percent of the market.

Sun recorded a 29.2 percent year-over-year increase in factory revenue for the second quarter, far outperforming the overall market. Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues for Q2 were up 10.9 percent year-over-year to $6.9 billion.

Sun Microsystems' strategy is to keep increasing the number of its open-source-oriented, OpenSolaris/Zettabyte File System storage offerings, and this is helping fuel enterprise interest. In July, Sun added to its self-styled "open storage" portfolio by launching a new line of storage arrays for the midmarket and a new high-performance addition to its Sun Fire X4500 "Thumper" storage server.

The various editions-Sun Storage J4200, J4400 and J4500-are differentiated by varying raw capacities and designed for midrange to enterprise users.

Overall revenue leader Hewlett Packard ($1.25 billion in quarterly sales) owns 20.3 percent of the market but lost some ground, dropping a full 1.2 percent market share in the quarter. No. 2 IBM, with 19.1 percent ($1.23 billion), is gaining quickly with a 2.6 percent increase in the last three months.

EMC, which is No. 1 in the external disk revenue category and has led that segment for several years, is No. 3 with 14.7 percent ($1.1 billion) in overall storage sales. EMC does not produce internally installed disk storage, however.

No. 4 Dell reported sales of $694 million, or an even 10 percent market share.

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted a healthy 16.7 percent year-over-year growth, totaling $5.1 billion in the quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 1,777 petabytes, growing 43.7 percent year over year.

"Despite concerns about a 2008 slowdown in IT spending, external disk storage systems spending experienced strong growth in the first half of 2008," said Natalya Yezhkova, research manager, Storage Systems at IDC said in a statement.

"The second quarter of the year was remarkable, not only because it is the highest growth in two years, but also because of the distribution of this growth across different market segments. The ability of vendors to meet a variety of needs among customers with a diversity of storage products and initiatives led to solid growth across all installation environments, even in those that declined over the past several quarters."

 
 
 
 
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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