Enterprise Storage Systems Market Share

Updated: 15 Mar 2021

Worldwide Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Market Revenue Declined 2.1% During the Fourth Quarter of 2020, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass., March 11, 2021– According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, global market revenue for enterprise external OEM storage systems declined 2.1% year over year to $7.8 billion during the fourth quarter of 2020 (4Q20). Total external OEM storage capacity shipped was up 11.3% year over year to 23.8 exabytes during the quarter.

Revenue generated by the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenters grew 2.0% year over year to $6.6 billion in 4Q20, while capacity shipped grew by 7.6% year over year to 76.0 exabytes. Total capacity shipments for the market (External OEM + ODM Direct + Server-Based Storage) increased 8.3% to 135.1 exabytes.

"The external storage system market contracted for the fourth consecutive quarter in 4Q20, down 2.1% year over year, as the market for the full year 2020 closed out with a 4.0% decline," said Greg Macatee, research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies Group at IDC. "Geographically, the lone region to experience growth during the quarter was China (PRC), which grew nearly 30% year over year and was bolstered by strong performances from a series of locally headquartered vendors. Another of the overall enterprise storage systems market bright spots was the ODM Direct segment, which grew this quarter at a rate of 2.0% annually."

Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Results, by Company

Dell Technologies(a) was the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter, followed by HPE/New H3C Group(b). Huawei, NetApp, and IBM took the third, fourth, and fifth positions in the market, respectively.

  • (a) Dell Technologies represents the combined revenues for Dell and EMC.
  • (b) Due to the existing joint venture between HPE and the New H3C Group, IDC is reporting external market share on a global level for HPE and New H3C Group as "HPE/New H3C Group" starting from 2Q 2016. Per the JV agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, through a wholly-owned affiliate, purchased a 51% stake in New H3C and HPE has a 49% ownership stake in the new company.

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