The worldwide personal and entry-level storage market grew 1.5% year-over-year, with nearly 17 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2014, according to the IDC Worldwide Personal and Entry Level Storage Tracker. Shipment values increased along with unit shipments by 1.8% from 2013, to $1.5 billion.
The growth in units shipped marks the first time since the second quarter of 2013 that overall market shipments experienced a year-over-year increase, said Liz Conner, IDC's research manager of storage systems. "Driving this growth was the entry-level segment of the market, which primarily targets SOHO and SMB buyers, and the higher-capacity/higher-speed personal storage devices."
HDD vendors continued to increase their share of the Personal and Entry Level Storage (PELS) units shipped, gaining 3.3 points year-over-year to grow to a 77.6% market share in Q2 of 2014. While non-HDD vendors continued to dominate the entry-level storage market with 58.8% unit shipment market share, their market share dropped 13 points from last year.
The entry-level storage market had strong year-over-year growth in unit shipments in Q2 of 2014 vs. 2013, with a 20.3% increase, based primarily on the 4-bay market. The entry-level market grew in the higher-bay devices (5, 6, 8 and 12 bays), with units shipped increasing by 22.6% year-over-year.
The 3.5-inch form factor declined 8.5% year-over-year in units shipped while the 2.5-inch form factor grew 4.4% in units shipped year-over-year. The 3.5-inch form factor lost 2.2% in unit market share year-over-year.
In terms of capacity, in the entry-level storage market, 4 terabyte devices hold the most market share with 26.3% of units shipped.
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