Menu
IBM surpasses HP in storage hardware sales

IBM surpasses HP in storage hardware sales

IBM earns bragging rights for surpassing Hewlett-Packard in 2006 storage hardware sales, according to an industry report published Tuesday

IBM earns bragging rights for surpassing Hewlett-Packard in 2006 storage hardware sales, though it still trails industry leader EMC, according to an industry report published Tuesday.

IBM's market share in the global external-controller disk storage market, based on revenue, grew to 15.8 percent in 2006, from 14.5 percent in 2005, while HP's share dropped to 13.1 percent from 14.7 percent. That elevates IBM to second place behind storage market share leader EMC, which grew its market share to 24.8 percent last year from 23.4 percent in 2005.

"I think the records will reflect that it's been about 10 years since we passed HP," said Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM storage. As recently as five years ago, HP had a 15-point storage market share lead over IBM.

Monshaw credited a refreshed product line, a focus on selling systems rather than individual products and increased selling to the small-to-medium business market for IBM's results.

HP Chairman, CEO and President Mark Hurd acknowledged the weakness in his company's storage business during a presentation at a Morgan Stanley Technology Conference Monday.

HP's storage revenue grew only 3 percent in its fiscal first quarter, ended Jan. 31, which Hurd attributed to the fact that much of its product line is tape storage, a declining business. However, sales of its EVA line of disk storage products grew 18 percent in the quarter.

Hurd also said during the company's quarterly earnings report Feb. 20, that HP needs to expand its storage sales force. "We just don't cover enough accounts," Hurd said.

The rest of the storage sellers in the Gartner report, ranked by 2006 market share, are the following: Hitachi Data Systems, 9.6 percent; Dell, 7.6 percent; Network Appliance, 7.2 percent; and Sun Microsystems, 6.1 percent.

Gartner noted that the storage market is increasingly dominated by the top players and is driven by industry consolidation, more effective marketing and strong channel partnerships. The top seven storage vendors accounted for 84.2 percent of the market in 2006, up from 81. 5 percent in 2006.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours

The channel in New Zealand came together to celebrate the close of 2017, as the final After Hours played out in front of a bumper Auckland crowd.

Kiwi channel closes 2017 with After Hours
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP honoured leading partners across the channel at the Partner Awards 2017 in New Zealand, recognising excellence across the entire print and personal systems portfolio.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30

Leading figures within the technology industry across New Zealand came together to celebrate 30 years of success for Lexel Systems, at a milestone birthday occasion at St Matthews in the City.​

Tech industry comes together as Lexel celebrates turning 30
Show Comments