NEW ORLEANS -- EMC Corp. is sticking firmly to its policy of silence over the next release of its high-end Symmetrix...
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storage array, expected later this year. But this didn't stop its customers from speaking their minds about what they would like to see in the next release of the product.The seventh refresh of the Symmetrix comes at a time when EMC's midrange Clariion sales are experiencing extraordinary growth, while its high-end line has taken a knocking. For the first quarter of 2005, which ended April 19, EMC reported Clariion revenue grew 47% year-over-year while its high-end sales fell 3% year-over-year. The company said that it expects Symmetrix revenue to grow year-over-year despite being down in the first quarter. Analysts attribute the dip in Symm sales to EMC's competitors gaining share at its expense. Shebly Seyrafi, analyst with Merrill Lynch, said in a recent note to investors that Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS) gained over five percentage points of market share in the high-end RAID market in the first quarter of 2005, with its new TagmaStore array announced last September.