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EMC still leads the pack in storage

EMC continues to be the top dog in the storage market. The vendor was the only major storage company to experience year-over-year market share growth for the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest revenue reports from research firms IDC and Gartner.

IBM, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Dell either lost or maintained market share.

EMC’s revenue share grew to 30.4% in the second quarter of this year compared to 28.6% in the same quarter last year, according to IDC’s worldwide disk storage systems tracker. No. 2 IBM’s year-over-year revenue share dropped to 12.9% from 13.7%. NetApp came in third place, dropping to 12.1% from 12.8%. No. 4 HP’s market share dropped from 11% to 10.7%. HDS slipped from 8.2% to 8.1% and Dell  remained flat with 7.8% market share.

Overall, the worldwide external disk storage systems market posted a year-over-year gain of 6.5% with a total of about $6 billion in revenues according to IDC. The open SAN market grew 8% year-over-year, NAS grew 2.5% and iSCSI SAN grew 5.9% year-over-year. EMC led the overall SAN market with 29.4% share and in NAS with 45.7% share, while Dell  kept its lead in iSCSI with 28.3%.

IDC said it won’t be long before the midrange storage market will hold 50% revenue share as this type of storage grew faster than any other type with a 12.2% year-over-year growth in the second quarter. Midrange storage held 48.2% share of the total worldwide external revenue in the second quarter. IDC attributes this growth to vendors that continue to deliver modular systems with enterprise functionality such as compression, storage tiering and data deduplication.

EMC also had the biggest share gain in Gartner’s second-quarter report, moving from 31.6% share a year ago to 33.3% in the second quarter of 2012. But Gartner includes more vendors in its report than IDC does, and No. 7 Oracle and No. 8 Fujitsu also showed modest share gains. Oracle crept from 1.8% to 1.9% in its first market share gain since acquiring Sun Microsystems in 2010. Fujitsu moved from 1.3% to 1.5%. NetApp took the biggest fall according to Gartner, dropping from 12.7% share to 11.1% after a 6.7% decline in revenue in the quarter. NetApp remained third behind EMC and IBM.

Gartner’s numbers show $5.5 billion in worldwide external disk storage for the second quarter, up 6.7% from 2011.

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