EMC continues to lead IBM, Dell and HP in the external disk storage systems market, but worldwide revenue declined by 18.7% from the prior year's second quarter, according to the research firm IDC. eWeek.com broke down the storage sales by revenue percentage, with EMC grabbing 21.5% of the market, IBM had 14.9% and HP came in third with 11.4% of the market share. Dell and NetApp finished in a tie with under 10% of the market share each.
Here's an interesting quote:
"Liz Conner, an IDC research analyst in storage systems, said while the enterprise storage systems market continue to feel the impact of current economic conditions, posting its third straight year-over-year decline, certain "sweet spots" in the market continue to thrive. 'iSCSI SAN and FC SAN both showed strong year-over-year growth of 57.2 percent and 66.8 percent, respectively, in the entry level price bands ($0K-$14.99K) as customers continue to demand enterprise level network storage at a more economically friendly price point,' she noted."
These latest statistics seem to confirm predicitions from earlier in the year (January) regarding a decline in the data-storage market. Back in May, vendors confirmed that weak sales were hitting revenues. And yet, the data storage market may be starting to see green-shoots.
For government technology leaders, this is a great time to take a look at where you stand regarding your overall data storage situation. New technologies that use data deduplication can offer substantial benefit to your enterprise storage strategy. Each of the named vendors are rolling out new products and services that can help reduce cost. New products and pricing can be very attractive.
In Michigan, we are looking at our overall data storage strategy and how we can move towards a new government cloud. We are virtualizing our servers, but also reducing the number of storage platforms with the use of data deduplication. We expect to save significant dollars over the coming year by taking a fresh look at our overall architecture and storage savings opportunities.
What are you doing regarding data storage?