EMC continued to lead the external storage market in overall market share, but there's a dogfight between IBM, NetApp, and Hewlett-Packard for the No. 2 spot. Dell was No. 5 in market share.
But the most interesting part of IDC's second quarter storage standings was 3Par's market share. 3Par, which triggered a fierce bidding war between HP and Dell, had second quarter market share of 0.58 percent.
HP landed 3Par with a bid of $33 a share, but it won't benefit much in market share. Time will tell if 3Par materially changes HP's standing in the storage market. Storage had a strong second quarter as industry revenue was up 20 percent from a year ago to $5 billion, according to IDC.
For now, storage pure plays such as EMC and NetApp have the most momentum. EMC increased its market share to 25.7 percent in the second quarter, up from 22 percent a year ago. NetApp's second quarter share was 11.4 percent, up from 8.8 percent a year ago. No. 2 storage player IBM saw its market share end up at 13.6 percent in the second quarter, down from 14.7 percent a year ago.
Here are the standings:
Given the market share stats you can understand the scrum for 3Par. If Dell were to add 3Par's market share it would have roughly 10 percent of the market, just a stone's throw from catching HP.
If you look at total disk storage systems-defined as a set of elements such as controllers, cables and bus adapters-HP and EMC were in a statistical tie, said IDC. These disk storage systems may be outside a server cabinet or inside.
Other key second quarter stats in storage:
- Total disk storage systems capacity shipped was 3,645 petabytes, up 54.6 percent from a year ago.
- Open networked storage (network attached storage, iSCI storage area networks) had revenue of $4.2 billion, up 29.2 percent from a year ago. In this market, EMC has 28.9 percent market share with NetApp No. 2 at 13.6 percent.
- EMC and NetApp also dominated the network attached storage market with market share of 45.6 percent and 25.2 percent, respectively.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and Editorial Director of TechRepublic.