EMC leads external disk storage systems market with 30% share in Q3 2012, IBM misses #2 spot

Infotech Lead India: EMC is leading the external disk storage systems market with 30 percent share in the third quarter of 2012.

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The second largest player NetApp has 11.9 percent market share.

IBM has lost its second sport and is now in third position with 11.7 percent share.

Hitcahi and HP have 9.7 percent share.

According to IDC, worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 3.3 percent, totaling just over $5.9 billion in Q3.

For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market posted just under $7.9 billion in revenues, representing 3.7 percent growth from the prior year’s third quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reach 7,104 petabytes, growing 24.4 percent year over year.

Liz Conner, senior research analyst, Storage Systems, IDC: “End users continue to invest in storage infrastructures despite persistent concerns surrounding global and regional economies. Helping to drive the worldwide market in the third quarter was the double-digit growth in multi-protocol storage architecture and strong demand for upper mid-range and high-end storage.”

The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open / iSCSI SAN) grew 4.7 percent year over year in the third quarter to just over $5.1 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain its leadership in the total open networked storage market with 33.5 percent revenue share, followed by NetApp with a 13.7 percent revenue share.

In the Open SAN market, which grew 4.4 percent year over year, EMC was the leading vendor with 29.8 percent revenue share, followed by IBM in second with 14.0 percent market share and Hitachi and HP tied for third with 12.2 percent and 11.8 percent shares, respectively.

The NAS market increased 5.7 percent year over year, led by EMC with 43.6 percent revenue share and followed by NetApp with 29.4 percent share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show good growth, posting 6.9 percent revenue growth compared to the prior year’s quarter. Dell led the market with 28.3 percent revenue share, followed by EMC in second with 19.8 percent market share. NetApp was in third with 13.3 percent market share.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Factory Revenue, Third Quarter of 2012

(Revenues are in Millions)



3Q12 Market


3Q11 Market


1. EMC


30.0 percent


28.5 percent

8.7 percent

2. NetApp


11.9 percent


12.2 percent

0.9 percent

2. IBM


11.7 percent


12.8 percent

-5.0 percent

4. Hitachi


9.7 percent


8.8 percent

13.8 percent

4. HP


9.7 percent


11.2 percent

-11.0 percent



27.0 percent


26.5 percent

5.4 percent

All Vendors


100.0 percent


100.0 percent

3.3 percent

Source: IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker, December 6, 2012

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