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Storage Clips: IDC -- Disk storage up big time in Q4

Worldwide disk storage systems factory revenues grew $708M in the fourth quarter of 2005, according to a new report by IDC.

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IDC: Disk storage up big time in Q4
Worldwide disk storage systems factory revenues grew $708 million in the fourth quarter of 2005 (4Q05), posting 17.9% growth from a year ago to $4.7 billion, according to IDC's Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker. IDC defines a disk storage system as a set of storage elements, including controllers, cables and host bus adapters, associated with three or more disks.

For the quarter, the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.8 billion, up 13.1% from the prior year's fourth quarter. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 653 petabytes, growing 54.6%. Meanwhile, for the full year the total disk storage systems market posted 10.7% growth to $23.7 billion.

EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 20.6% revenue share; the total network disk storage market (NAS combined with open and iSCSI SAN) with 26.9% revenue share; and the NAS market with 39.5% revenue share. In most categories, EMC was followed by HP and IBM. Dell and Hitachi rounded out the top five. Among the top five suppliers, Dell and IBM posted the strongest year-over-year revenue growth during 4Q05, with 54.2% and 46.8% growth, respectively.

EMC's Tucci on president's science advisory council
Joe Tucci, EMC's chairman and CEO, is one of 14 people joining the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which has 38 members. As part of the Executive Office of Science and Technology Policy, the council meets to take an inventory of what's going on in science and technology worldwide and to advise the government on how better to address U.S. shortcomings.

Tek-Tools announces new backup module
Tek-Tools Inc. announced the addition of an eighth backup module to its Profiler Suite, Backup Profiler for Connected DataProtector, which offers a Web-based view into the DataProtector environment. Profiler's console provides customers with a consolidated view of all backups and status summaries, including successful and failed, exceptions, amount backed up and trending of backup growth.

Avamar granted fourth patent
Avamar Technologies Inc. announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted it Patent No. 7,000,143, entitled, "System and Method for Data Protection with Multidimensional Parity." The newly granted patent is for Avamar's fault tolerance software that distributes fault-tolerance data across the nodes that make up a grid server. If a node is lost or destroyed, the other nodes continue to provide functionality, and the lost node can be recreated from the remaining nodes.

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