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Sales of storage hardware were $5.74 billion in the third quarter, up 13.3% from the same period a year ago, according to IDC, who said it was the fastest growth they had recorded since starting the quarterly survey four years ago. IDC said the capacity of all the storage sold in the quarter was 505 petabytes, 58% higher than the same period a year ago.
Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) retained the top spot in the IDC survey with a 23.5% share of the market. HP was followed by IBM at 20.7% and EMC Corp. at 13.7%. IBM's sales rose 19.7% from the prior year's period; IBM also posted the largest growth figure of the three top vendors. Dell Inc. saw sales rise 30.8%. Network Appliance Inc. had sales growth of 22%.
EMC releases lower cost switch
EMC announced availability of the new EMC Connectrix MDS-9020 Fabric Switch, an OEM from Cisco. EMC says the new switch, with list prices starting at $10,800, is targeted at mid-sized enterprises.
Maxtor teams up with LSI
Maxtor and LSI Logic have completed compatibility testing of the Maxtor Atlas SAS hard drive family and LSI Logic SAS host bus adapters, expanders, RAID controllers and ASIC initiators, and are now offering a SAS bundle in an effort to encourage SAS adoption by resellers.
HP software SVP resigns
Nora Denzel, the senior vice president and general manager of HP's Software Global Business Unit, resigned for "personal reasons." She will be replaced temporarily by Todd DeLaughter, senior vice president and general manager of HP's OpenView Business unit.
Brocade to boost services
According to chief technology officer Tony Canova, speaking at a financial conference in Phoenix, Brocade is planning to push storage services hard, adding both partners and personnel in 2006 in an effort to boost revenue.