Enterprise storage system growth remain steady

Year over year growth of all vendors collectively has remained 0%, however market size has decreased

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue remained flat year over year, posting 0.0% growth and USD 8.8 billion during the second quarter of 2016, according to IDC.

 Revenue growth declined within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was down 21.5% year over year to USD 794.7 million. Sales of server-based storage were up 9.8% during the quarter and accounted for almost USD 2.4 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the USD 5.7 billion in sales represented flat 0.0% year-over-year growth.


Total Enterprise Storage Systems Market Results

EMC and HPE were almost equal for the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 18.1% and 17.6% of spending respectively. Dell held the next position with a 11.5% share of revenue during the quarter. IBM and NetApp accounted for 6.8% and 6.7% of global spending respectively.

HPE's year-over-year growth rate as reported by IDC was impacted by the start of the H3C partnership in China that began in May of 2016; as a result, a portion of HPE-designed storage systems were rebranded for the China market and do not count in HPE's market data from that point forward.

As a single group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale data center customers accounted for 9.0% of global spending during the quarter.


External Enterprise Storage Systems Results

EMC was the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter, accounting for 28.2% of worldwide revenues. HPE and NetApp finished for the second position, each with 10.6% and 10.5% of market share. IBM finished the quarter in the fourth position with 9.5% share of worldwide revenues. Hitachi and Dell rounded out the top five with a 7.4% and 7.0% share, respectively, of worldwide external enterprise storage revenue during the quarter.

Flash-Based Storage Systems Highlights

The total All Flash Array (AFA) market generated almost USD 1.1 billion in revenue during the quarter, up 94.5% year over year. The Hybrid Flash Array (HFA) segment of the market continues to be a significant part of the overall market with USD 2.3 billion in revenue and 26.1% market share.


Taxonomy Notes

IDC defines a Disk Storage System as a set of storage elements, including controllers, cables, and (in some instances) host bus adapters, associated with three or more disks. A system may be located outside of or within a server cabinet and the average cost of the disk storage systems does not include infrastructure storage hardware (i.e. switches) and non-bundled storage software.

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