EMC led the ECB market in the quarter with 33% market share
Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue grew 0.6% during the first quarter of 2013 to $5.5bn, compared to $5.4bn revenue registered during the corresponding period last year, according to a report from Gartner.
EMC led the ECB market in the quarter with 33% market share, reporting a 2.2% increase compared to the same period last year, driven by the sales of its VMAX, which grew 11.5% annually.
Gartner research vice president Roger Cox said that the first quarter 2013 results represent the 14th consecutive quarter of revenue growth.
"However, facing the strong headwinds of a morose global macro-economy, the 0.6 percent increase is the slowest year-over-year growth rate since the fourth quarter 2009," Cox said.
The second position in the ECB market was held by NetApp with 13.1% market share driven by the Data Ontap’s increased sales, followed by IBM with 10.7% share.
During the quarter, Fujitsu led the market growth in the EMEA region with Eternus-branded ECB disk storage products while the Hitachi recorded a 1.9% increase in market share with its midrange offerings that included the HUS Series and Hitachi Content Active Platform.
Regionally, EMEA and Asia/Pacific registered 1.7% growth in the first quarter of 2013, while North America, which led the market with 45.7% share, experienced 0.2% decrease.