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Enterprise Storage Technologies Grew to $8.8 Billion in Q2 of 2015

September 09, 2015

Enterprise storage requires business information to be available depending on the needs of the organization. The data can be stored permanently or a determined amount of time with SSD and HDD devices used in SAN, NAS and DAS systems environment. In today’s highly connected ecosystem, the data has to have the capability to be shared within the organization through interconnected networks or online. Additionally, the storage must provide a higher degree of reliability, be fault-tolerant and be able to scale to address large volumes of data. According to IDC, the enterprise storage sector has been experiencing growth, and the second quarter of 2015 grew 2.1 percent year over year to $8.8 billion.

The firm announced this growth is being driven by companies looking to cut costs and complexity out of the storage infrastructure. This has led organizations to start adopting new storage technologies during the second quarter of 2015, out of

 according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker.

Total capacity shipments were up 37 percent year over year to 30.3 exabytes during the quarter. The strongest growth was seen in manufacturers that specialize in original designs selling directly to hyperscale datacenters. This particular segment of the market saw an increase of 25.8 percent year over year to $1 billion.

An additional 2.1 billion came from server-based storage, which was up 10 percent, and external storage systems sill held the largest market segment at $5.7 billion in sales, but it was down by 3.9 percent year over year.

"Companies are increasingly using new project initiatives and infrastructure refresh as an opportunity to deploy new storage technologies that are able to drive cost and complexity out of their existing storage resources," said Eric Sheppard, Research Director, IDC Storage. "This is pushing critical investment dollars towards technologies like cloud-based storage, integrated systems, software-defined storage, and flash-optimized storage systems at the expense of traditional external arrays."

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The leading vendors in the market were EMC, HP, Dell, IBM and NetApp holding 19.2, 16.2, 10.1, 8.1 and 7.0 percent of the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market share respectively.

Storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 11.5 percent of global spending during the quarter and others had 28.1 percent.

The leading suppliers for external storage systems was led by EMC at 29.9 percent around the world, with IBM, NetApp, and HP finishing the quarter in a statistical tie. According to IDC, the numbers were 11.1, 10.9 and 10.5 percent respectively for the second place. Dell and Hitachi also achieved a statistical tie, earning 6.6 and 6.5 percent of the global external storage revenues during the quarter. Other vendors accounted for 24.6 percent of the total.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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