External storage market up 17.9% in Q4 2005

Worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues grew $708 mln in Q4 2005, posting 17.9% growth from Q4 2004 to $4.7 bln, according to IDC. In Q4 2005 the total disk storage systems market grew to $6.8 bln up 13.1% from Q4 2004. Total disk storage systems capacity shipped reached 653 petabytes, growing 54.6%. EMC maintained its lead in the external disk storage systems market with 20.6% revenue share, followed by HP and IBM with 18.0% and 15.9% revenue share, respectively. Dell and Hitachi rounded out the top 5 with 9.2% and 7.3%, respectively. Among the top 5 suppliers, Dell and IBM posted the strongest YTY revenue growth during Q4 2005, with 54.2% and 46.8% growth, respectively.

Global external storage market in Q4 2005

  Q4 2005 Q4 2004 Growth
Vendor Revenue, mln. $ Share Revenue, mln. $ Share YTY
EMC $962 20.6% $863 21.8% 11.6%
HP $838 18.0% $745 18.8% 12.4%
IBM $743 15.9% $506 12.8% 46.8%
Dell $428 9.2% $278 7.0% 54.2%
Hitachi $340 7.3% $322 8.1% 5.6%
Others $1,352 29.0% $1,242 31.4% 8.9%
Total $4,664 100.0% $3,955 100.0% 17.9%
Source: IDC