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Volume of disk storage shipped last quarter exceeded 120 EB

Along with reports related to the market for equipment for local wireless networks and the market for Ethernet switches (Layer 2/3) and enterprise-class routers, IDC analysts published a report summarizing sales data for external disk storage in the fourth quarter of 2019.


Let us clarify that IDC specialists understand disk storage as a set of elements, including controllers, cables and HBAs, to which three or more disk drives are connected. If this subsystem is located in the server case, it is considered internal, if in its own case - external.

According to IDC estimates, OEMs' sales of external disk data storage remained at about the same level as in the fourth quarter of 2018, decreasing by only 0.1%, to $ 7.9 billion. At the same time, the information volume of storages in this segment in annual terms grew by 9.4% and reached 21.1 EB. At the same time, sales by ODM manufacturers directly to data processing centers for the year increased by 38.2% and reached $ 6.5 billion, and the storage volume in this segment in annual terms grew by 64.5%, to 70.8 EB. In total, if you add internal storage, the volume of disk storage shipped in the past quarter reached 120.2 EB. This figure corresponds to an increase of 30.8% in annual terms.

At the end of the quarter, Dell (including EMC) became the leader in the external storage market, the share of which decreased from 29.4% to 27.6% over the year. The second place is occupied by HPE (together with the New H3C Group), whose share in the year decreased from 10.6% to 10.1%, and the third is IBM, which was able to increase its share from 8.6% to 9.1%. The share of NetApp, which is in fourth place, fell from 10.6% to 8.9% over the year, and Huawei closes the top five. The Chinese manufacturer for the year increased its share from 6.1% to 7.8%.

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