Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/21/gartner_gurus_see_storage_array_growth/

Gartner gurus: Storage array market GREW at the end of 2013

Don't forget that came after an abysmal third quarter

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Data Centre, 21st March 2014 09:03 GMT

Number-crunchers Gartner's external storage market gurus reckoned it returned to year-on-year growth in the last quarter of fiscal 2013.

According to Gartner: “Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage vendor revenue totalled $6.3bn in the fourth quarter of 2013, a five per cent increase from $6.0bn a year ago.”

Gartner research VP Roger Cox said: "Following an abysmal third quarter, the fourth quarter of 2013 returned to growth. Driven by pent-up demand and the year-end budget flush phenomenon, the market overcame a fragile global economy and grew a strong five per cent over the same period in 2012.”

The tabular gurus detail vendor shares in this table:

Gartner ECB disk storage market Q4 2013

Gartner ECB disk storage market Q4 2013.

This is more detailed than the equivalent IDC storage tracker tables since it includes numbers for Fujitsu, Huawei and Oracle, which are included in IDC’s ‘Others’ category. However Gartner puts out its storage tracker numbers to the great unwashed at irregular intervals and we don’t have numbers for the third and second 2013 quarters, or the third 2012 quarter - which means we can’t get a picture of the quarterly changes.

Over the year from the fourth 2012 quarter to the fourth 2013 quarter the table above shows the changes in vendor positions, and we can note:

A year-on-year comparison isn’t possible for Huawei. Oracle’s revenue share declined 0.2 per cent while Dell’s slumped from 6.6 to 5.4 per cent. IBM’s slumped even more; from 16.3 to 14.3 per cent. Hitachi/HDS’ share also fell, from 9.7 to 8.8 per cent. A rising tide is not lifting all boats. ®