Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 7.1 percent, totalling to about $6.0 billion, in the first quarter of 2012, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker. For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market posted just under $8.0 billion in revenues, representing 6.8 percent growth from the prior year's first quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 6,037 petabytes, growing 20.8 percent year over year.
"Despite concerns surrounding the hard disk drive shortage, the external disk storage systems market posted a strong first quarter with revenues up a solid 7.1 percent year over year," said Liz Conner, senior research analyst, Storage Systems. "Entry level systems (ASV of less than $25,000) were hit hardest owing to their reliance on SATA and near-line SAS drives, which experienced price increases due to the Thailand floods. However, strong overall growth in emerging regions and the slowdown in price per gigabyte ($/GB) erosion helped the market post year-over-year growth."
EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 29.0 percent revenue share in the first quarter, followed by NetApp in second with 14.1 percent market share. IBM is in third with 11.4 percent. HP and Hitachi ended the quarter in a statistical tie for fourth place with 10.2 percent and 9.4 percent market shares, respectively.
The total open networked disk storage market (NAS Combined with Open / iSCSI SAN) grew 8.5 percent year over year in the first quarter to $5.1 billion in revenues. EMC continues to maintain top position in the total open networked storage market with 32.2 percent revenue share, followed by NetApp with a 16.4 percent revenue share.
In the Open SAN market, which grew 13.0 percent year over year, EMC was the leading vendor with 28.3 percent revenue share, followed by IBM in second and HP in third with 13.8 percent and 12.3 percent shares, respectively.
The NAS market declined 1.9 percent year over year, led by EMC with 42.6 percent revenue share and followed by NetApp with 36.4 percent share. The iSCSI SAN market continues to show strong momentum, posting 17.6 percent revenue growth compared to the prior year's quarter. Dell led the market with 33.0 percent revenue share, followed by EMC in second and NetApp in third with 18.9 percent and 13.7 percent market shares, respectively.
"The high-end storage segment (ASP $250,000+) remained flat year over year and declined 13.0% sequentially in the first quarter of 2012," said Amita Potnis, senior research analyst, Storage Systems. "The high-end segment grew significantly in 2010 and 2011 owing to the loosened storage budgets after the economic crisis of 2009. IDC believes that the softened growth in the high-end segment this quarter is reflective of what will be a long-term trend."
In the total worldwide disk storage systems market, EMC finished in the top position followed by HP with market shares of 21.7 percent and 18.2 percent respectively.