Demand for External Arrays Accelerates 3Q06 Revenue Growth in the EMEA Disk Storage Systems Market, Says IDC

LONDON – DECEMBER, 12, 2006 – The EMEA disk storage systems market expanded 8.5% (year over year) during the third calendar quarter of 2006, according to IDC. The value of the EMEA disk storage systems market surpassed $2.2 billion during the quarter, while capacity consumption increased nearly 40% to 225.8 petabytes. Not surprisingly, growth was strongest in Central, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and African regions (CEMA). CEMA disk storage systems sales increased 16.6% year over year, while sales in Western Europe were up 6.5% during the quarter. Year-over-year sales of external disk storage systems increased 20.7% in CEMA and 9.9% in Western Europe. Total external disk systems sales were up 12.3% during the quarter and surpassed $1.5 billion in value.

"We continue to see very strong demand for disk storage systems in Western Europe," said Eric Sheppard, a program manager in IDC's European Storage Systems service. "A significant portion of Western European capacity consumption in larger environments has been driven by a desire to reduce or control storage-related costs. This is driving spending on solutions that enable increased efficiencies like externally attached, networked disk storage systems or disk-based backup and recovery."

"Data influx and growing databases are continuing to drive the disk storage systems market in CEMA," said Philip Korinek, a senior analyst with IDC Storage, CEMA. "CEMA companies have experienced a rapid increase in business-critical data, and demand for external disk systems and capacity is growing strongly. The strong economic climate has also provided a solid foundation for further investment in storage systems, especially in the advent of businesses becoming more and more advanced across the region."

The top 5 suppliers in EMEA of externally attached disk storage systems were HP, EMC, IBM, Network Appliance, and Dell, with 23.8%, 21.3%, 14.0%, 7.6%, and 5.9% respective factory revenue supplier shares. Of these suppliers, Network Appliance experienced the largest year-over-year growth rate of 41.5%. IBM's 19.8% growth was the second largest, followed by EMC (16.1%), Dell (10.5%), and HP (9.4%) respectively.

Sales of externally attached, networked disk storage (the combination of SAN and NAS) grew far faster than market rates. In total, externally attached networked storage sales were up 17.2% in EMEA and accounted for nearly three-quarters of total external disk storage systems sales. EMC was the largest supplier of externally attached, networked disk storage systems and increased factory revenue 21.8%, year over year. HP was the second largest supplier of externally attached, networked disk storage systems and experienced 9.2% in year-over-year factory revenue growth.

IDC's Europe, Middle East & Africa Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker provides detailed insight into disk storage system market trends at a supplier and product level in 39 countries. To find out more about this service, please contact Eric Sheppard (esheppard@idc.com) or Philip Korinek (pkorinek@idc.com).

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