[IDC] Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Shares, Q3 2016

Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion. Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year.

“The enterprise storage market closed out the third quarter on a slight downturn, while continuing to adhere to familiar trends,” said Liz Conner, research manager, Storage Systems. “Spending on traditional external arrays resumed its decline and spending on all-flash deployments continued to see good growth and helped to drive the overall market. Meanwhile the very nature of the hyperscale business leads to heavy fluctuations within the market segment, posting solid growth in 3Q16.”

3Q16 Total Enterprise Storage Systems Market Results, by Vendor Group

Dell Technologies held the number 1 position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 25.5% of spending. HPE held the next position with a 15.5% share of revenue during the quarter. NetApp, IBM, and Hitachi finished in a statistical tie* for the third position, capturing 6.6%, 5.9% and 5.7% of global spending, respectively. As a single group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenter customers accounted for 15.0% of global spending during the quarter.

Top 5 Vendor Groups, Worldwide Total Enterprise Storage Systems Market, Third Quarter of 2016 (Revenues are in US$ millions)
Vendor Group 3Q16 Revenue 3Q16 Market Share 3Q15 Revenue 3Q15 Market Share 3Q16/3Q15 Revenue Growth
1. Dell Technologies $2,250.6 25.5% $2,574.5 28.2% -12.6%
2. HPE $1,368.0 15.5% $1,488.6 16.3% -8.1%
T3. NetApp* $587.1 6.6% $651.0 7.1% -9.8%
T3. IBM* $518.1 5.9% $584.6 6.4% -11.4%
T3. Hitachi* $502.4 5.7% $459.8 5.0% 9.2%
ODM Direct $1,323.0 15.0% $1,252.1 13.7% 5.7%
Others $2,283.5 25.9% $2,115.1 23.2% 8.0%
All Vendors $8,832.7 100.0% $9,125.7 100.0% -3.2%
Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, December 2, 2016


* IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide enterprise storage systems market when there is less than one percent difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.

Dell Technologies represents the combined revenues for Dell and EMC.

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