Gartner rolls out storage market share

Gartner released the latest market share figures for external, fabric-attached, IP SANs and network-attached storage at its Storage Summit in Orlando this week.

According to Roger Cox, research vice president for Gartner, EMC led the external controller-based storage market with a 23.5 percent market share. HP followed in second with 14.8 percent and IBM trailed in third with 14.5 percent market share.

Hitachi Data Systems, Dell, Network Appliance, Sun and Fujitsu Siemens followed these leaders with single-digit market share percentages.

In fabric-attached storage -- those arrays that connect to a Fibre Channel storage-area network -- EMC again led with a 26.5 percent market share. EMC was followed again by HP with 19.1 percent and IBM with 12.1 percent.

IP storage -- arrays that connect to the Gigabit Ethernet network via the iSCSI block-based protocol -- showed the most surprising results. Network Appliance led EMC with a 45.4 percent market share. EMC's IP storage arrays accounted for a 22.3 percent market share. HP and Dell followed with single-digit market share percentages.

In NAS, Network Appliance squired a 55.9 percent market share, followed by EMC with 12.9 percent.

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