Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue totalled more than $3,9-billion in the third quarter of 2009, a 7,3% decline from the same period in 2008, according to Gartner.

“The year-over-year decline of 7,3% indicates that the economic downturn’s impact on the disk array storage market is loosening its grip. The prior two quarters in 2009 showed declines in the double digits. This is good news for storage vendors, because it’s the first sign of a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Donna Taylor, principal research analyst for Gartner’s global Storage Quarterly Statistics programme.
EMC maintained its number one position with 26,7% revenue market share. EMC’s market share is more than double that of its closest competitor, IBM, which placed second with 13,2%. HP came in third with 10,8%. Hitachi, Dell and NetApp ranked fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, by the narrowest of margins. Hitachi achieved an 8,8% market share, while Dell and NetApp each achieved 8,6%. Dell and NetApp’s revenue was separated by only $2-million. Sun Microsystems placed seventh with 3,6% market share.