IDC: A-P storage sales continue recovery

The storage market in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) grew 13.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2002 in terms of the total number of terabytes shipped, and 5.1 percent in terms of revenue earned, showing a recovery from a 2001 and early 2002, according to figures released Friday by IDC.

Sales growth was strong in Australia, New Zealand, India and Malaysia, offsetting flat or negative growth in other countries in the region, IDC said.

Fourth-quarter storage systems revenue reached US$619.1 million compared to the third-quarter figure of $589.4 million. The proportionately greater rise of terabytes shipped reflects the steady decline in storage systems prices, IDC said.

One reason for the growth is that end users are showing increased interest in networked storage due to the scalability of storage area networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS). SAN and NAS are proving effective for managing the increasing amounts of data now required for business operations, IDC said.

The trend for users to move from internal server storage to the server to using external disk storage systems saw the value of external disk storage shipments, which includes networked storage, increase by 10.6 percent over the previous quarter. This contrasted with a decline of 7.5 percent in the value of internal disk storage systems sales. Sales of external storage systems were particularly strong in Australia, Korea and the People's Republic of China, according to IDC.

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) remains the largest storage vendor in the region, with a 28.3 percent market share, followed by IBM Corp. with a 25.7 percent share. Sun Microsystems Inc, Hitachi Data Systems Corp. and EMC Corp. all maintained market shares of just under 10 percent, according to IDC figures.

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