Storage Spending Shows Cloud Push

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue grew 2.1 percent year over year to $8.8 billion during the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to International Data Corporation (IDC). And the direction of spending it toward cloud-based storage.

Spending is shifting to “cloud-based storage, integrated systems, software-defined storage, and flash-optimized storage systems at the expense of traditional external arrays,” said IDC research director Eric Sheppard.

Revenue growth was strongest within the group of original design manufacturers that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 25.8 percent year over year to $1 billion.

Sales of server-based storage were up 10 percent during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue.

External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.7 billion in sales represented a -3.9 percent year-over-year decline. Total capacity shipments were up 37 percent year over year to 30.3 exabytes during the quarter.

Top 5 Vendors, Disk Storage Systems Market, 2Q 2015
(Revenues in US$ Millions)
Vendor
2Q15
Revenue
2Q15 Market
Share
2Q14
Revenue
2Q14 Market
Share
2Q15/2Q14
Revenue
Growth
1. EMC
$1,693
19.2%
$1,764
20.4%
-4.0%
2. HP
$1,431
16.2%
$1,317
15.2%
8.7%
3. Dell
$889
10.1%
$916
10.6%
-2.9%
4. IBM†
$712
8.1%
$1,002
11.6%
-28.9%
5. NetApp
$615
7.0%
$765
8.8%
-19.6%
ODM Direct
$1,012
11.5%
$804
9.3%
25.8%
Others
$2,482
28.1%
$2,090
24.1%
18.8%
All Vendors
$8,835
100.0%
$8,657
100.0%
2.1%
Source: IDC
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