The storage market has recorded modest growth, with revenue in the global external controller-based (ECB) disk market totalling $3,9-billion in the third quarter of 2007, a 3,4% increase over the same period in 2006.

According to Gartner, EMC maintained the top spot overall, finishing the quarter at 25,8% market share. IBM was in second place with 14,6% of the market, followed by Hewlett-Packard with 12,6%.
Hitachi/HDS took back its fourth place spot with 9,7% market share. Dell dropped to the number five spot with 8,7% share – it did, however, show the strongest growth year-over-year among the top-tier vendors, with 23,3% revenue growth for the quarter.
NetApp maintained its number six spot with a market share of 7,3%. Sun Microsystems rounded out the top vendors, remaining in the number seven spot with 4,2% market share.
The “other” vendors increased their share of the market by 8,9% year-over-year, accounting for 17% of worldwide revenue in the third quarter.
The Asia/Pacific (AP) region increased its revenue by 22,7% year-over-year.
In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the external controller-based disk storage revenue totaled $1,2-billion in the third quarter of 2007, a 5,3% increase over the same period in 2006.