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IDC: High-End SAN Revs Up

High-end storage systems made a comeback last quarter, stealing a march on the midrange, according to IDC.

According to the research firm, total worldwide revenue from high-end systems (those priced $300,000 and up) increased to $1.13 billion in the second quarter, up from $1.09 billion in the first (see IDC: Disk Storage Soars). Revenue from midrange systems ($50,000 to $300,000) tailed off from $1.49 billion in the first quarter to $1.41 billion in the second.

High-end systems had been in a tailspin, with two straight quarters of year-over-year declines, but during the second quarter that figure rose 8 percent. Midrange revenue increased 19 percent year-over-year, despite the dip from the first to the second quarter (see Midrange Makes Its Move).

IDC attributes the change to new products from Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW). Both sell the Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) TagmaStore system through OEM deals (see Hitachi Struts Mr. Universal).

The midrange is still the sweet spot, but this quarter had some rebound in the high end, largely due to HP and Sun selling larger systems,” says IDC analyst Brad Nisbet.

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