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Gartner: External Controller-Based Disk Storage Market Fell 11.1% in Q1

STAMFORD, Conn., June 4, 2009 -- Worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue totaled $3.8 billion in the first quarter of 2009, an 11.1 percent decline from the same period in 2008, according to Gartner, Inc.

"The year-over-year double-digit decline of 11.1 percent primarily resulted from the economic downturn and longer sales cycles," said Donna Taylor, principal research analyst for Gartner's global Storage Quarterly Statistics program.

There were no market share leadership changes compared with the first quarter of last year. EMC maintained its No.1 position with 23.2 percent revenue market share (see Table 1). IBM placed second with 11.1 percent, and HP came in third with 9.8 percent. Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems placed fourth with 10.6 percent, followed by Dell with 9.2 percent. NetApp and Sun Microsystems placed sixth and seventh, respectively, with 8.5 percent and 4 percent market share.

Note1 EMC revenue excludes OEM revenue from Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.

Note2 Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems revenue excludes OEM revenue from HP and Sun Microsystems.

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