Gartner sees jump in AP external disk storage

The region's voracious appetite for external disk storage drives revenues to US$373 million in the second quarter.

External disk storage revenues in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, reached US$373 million in the second quarter, an increase of 9 percent from the previous quarter, according to Gartner.
AP external controller-based disk storage vendor revenues
(Q2 2005)
Company Revenue (US$M) Market Share (%)
Hewlett-Packard 82.96 22.3
EMC 71.19 19.1
IBM 67.61 18.1
Dell 33.85 9.1
Sun 32.17 8.6
Hitachi/HDS 27.10 7.3
Network Appliance 17.92 4.8
Fujitus/Fujitsu Siemens 2.26 0.6
Others 37.67 10.1
Total 372.71 100
Source: Gartner Dataquest Disk Array Quarterly Statistics
*EMC revenue excludes OEM revenue from Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.
*Hitachi/HDS revenue excludes OEM revenue from HP and Sun.


China led the region as the biggest consumer of external disk storage, accounting for 32 percent of the market. This translates to US$119.2 million spent on almost 11,000 terabytes of storage. Australia and Korea trailed behind with 18.4 percent and 14.6 percent market share respectively.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) maintained its leadership position, although the vendor saw its share slip for the second consecutive quarter from 23.8 percent in the first quarter to 22.3 percent in the second. HP's revenues grew 2 percent to US$82.9 million during the first quarter of 2005.

Aman Munglani, a principle analyst for storage at Gartner, attributed HP's good showing to its strong performances in Australia, China and Korea. "Market leadership positions in comparatively smaller markets including India, Hong Kong and Taiwan further helped substantiate HP's numbers," he added in a statement.

Maintaining their market positions from the last quarter, EMC and IBM garnered 19.1 percent and 18.1 percent of revenue share respectively. EMC, which grew 10.2 percent over the last quarter, was the fastest-growing vendor among the top three players. However, the vendor lagged behind the leaders in markets such as China, Australia and Taiwan, said Munglani.

IBM led in China with more than 20 percent share of revenues and came second to HP in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Trailing behind the top three were Dell, Sun, Hitachi, Network Appliance, and Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens.