Friday, December 7, 2012

External disk storage exports surpass 7 exabytes in Q3

The total disk storage capacity shipped by vendors in the third quarter reached 7.1 exabytes or 7,100 petabytes, representing 24.4% year-over-year growth, according to IDC.

Driving the double-digit growth in storage was demand for multi-protocol storage systems, such as Fibre Channel and Ethernet-based storage combined in one box, as well as a strong demand for upper mid-range and high-end storage systems, said Liz Conner, a senior research analyst at IDC.

In past quarters this year, total storage capacity shipped (which includes internal disk drives and external array systems) ranged from 6.1 exabytes to 6.6 exabytes per quarter.

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 30% revenue share in the third quarter, followed by NetApp and IBM, which were tied for with 11.9% and 11.7% market share, respectively. Hitachi and HP finished the quarter in a statistical tie for the fourth position with 9.7% market shares each.

Read more about it at: Computer World

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