Enterprise Storage Systems Market Share

Updated: 24 Sep 2021

Worldwide Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Market Revenue Increased 9.7% During the Second Quarter of 2021, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass., September 9, 2021 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, global market revenue for enterprise external OEM storage systems grew 9.7% year over year to $6.9 billion during the second quarter of 2021 (2Q21). Total external OEM storage capacity shipped was up 27.9% year over year to 22.1 exabytes during the quarter.

Revenue generated by the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenters declined by 7.7% year over year in 2Q21 to $6.4 billion, while capacity shipped grew 13.8% year over year to 88.7 exabytes. Enterprise storage capacity shipments for the entire market (External OEM + ODM Direct + Server-Based Storage) increased 25.2% to 156.1 exabytes.

"The external storage systems market recovery observed during first quarter of 2021 continued even stronger during the second quarter," said Zsofia Madi-Szabo, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "The degree to which demand returned was highly influenced by the rate at which each regional economy has recovered from the difficulties associated with the global pandemic."

Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Results, by Company

Dell Technologies(a) was the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter, accounting for 26.8% of worldwide revenue. HPE/H3C(b) was the second largest supplier during the quarter with 10.9% of revenue. NetApp and Huawei tied* for third place with 9.9% and 8.9% of total revenues, respectively. Three vendors, Hitachi, IBM, and Pure Storage tied* for fifth place in the market with shares of 4.9%, 4.7% and 4.1%, respectively.

Company 2020Q2 2020Q3 2020Q4 2021Q1 2021Q2
1. Dell Technologies (a) 26.7% 28.6% 26.3% 32.3% 26.8%
2. HPE/H3C (b) 10.4% 10.7% 11.3% 9.4% 10.9%
T3. NetApp* 9.7% 9.4% 8.8% 10.9% 9.9%
T3. Huawei* 7.7% 9.4% 10.0% 5.5% 8.9%
T4. Hitachi* 5.6% 5.5% 5.0% 5.8% 4.9%
T4. IBM* 8.0% 4.6% 6.6% 3.9% 4.7%
T4. Pure Storage* 4.1% 4.1% 4.0% 4.5% 4.1%
Rest of Market 27.7% 27.8% 28.0% 27.8% 29.7%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

  • * IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide enterprise external storage market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors.
  • (a) Dell Technologies represents the combined revenues for Dell and EMC.
  • (b) Due to the existing joint venture between HPE and H3C, IDC is reporting external market share on a global level for HPE and H3C as "HPE/H3C" starting from 2Q 2016. Per the JV agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, through a wholly owned affiliate, purchased a 51% stake in H3C and HPE has a 49% ownership stake in the new company.

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