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Storage Sales Surged To $24 Billion In '05

Sales of data storage hardware surged in the fourth quarter, research firm IDC announced Thursday, capping a year of double-digit growth.

Total disk storage system sales climbed 13.1 percent in the quarter over the same period in 2004, said IDC, while revenues reached $6.8 billion worldwide. External disks grew even faster, showing a 17.9 percent boost over 2004's fourth quarter, and posting sales of $4.7 billion.

"The external disk storage systems market growth continued to accelerate through the year," said Brad Nisbet, program IDC manager, in a statement. "Data growth was one driver, but the availability of affordable systems that support multiple tiers of storage to address data protection, business continuity requirements, and online, active archives also contributed."

EMC held down the top spot in external disk system sales, said Nisbet, and accounted for 20.6 percent of all sales. HP was close behind at 18 percent, with IBM at 15.9 percent and Dell a distant fourth at 9.2 percent.

In total disk systems -- external and internal -- HP took top honors with a 23.1 share. IBM held down second with 20.3 percent, and EMC had third, with 14.2 percent. Global storage revenue in 2005 was up 10.7 percent over 2004, for a final tally of $23.7 billion.

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