Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue declined 2,2% year over year to $10,4-billion during the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15).
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, total capacity shipments were up 10,7% (year over year) to 35,5 exabytes during the quarter.
Revenue growth declined within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale data centres. This portion of the market was down 14,4% year over year to $1,2-billion.
Sales of server-based storage were up 6,1% during the quarter and accounted for $2,2-billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $7-billion in sales represented a 2,3% year-over-year decline.
“The enterprise storage market closed out 2015 on a slight downturn as spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline,” says Liz Conner, research manager: storage systems at IDC. “Over the past year, end user focus has shifted towards server-based storage, software-defined storage, and cloud-based storage. As a result, traditional enterprise storage vendors are forced to revamp and update their product portfolios to meet these shifting demands.”
EMC finished in the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, capturing 21,5% of all revenue. HPE was the number two vendor with 15,1% share of revenue during the quarter while Dell and IBM finished tied for the number three position with worldwide shares of 8,9% and 8,6% respectively.
As a group, storage systems sales by ODMs selling directly to hyperscale data centre customers accounted for 11,2% of global spending during the quarter.