A new report by IDC shows EMC Corporation as the leading revenue-generator worlwide in the external disk-storage systems market at 22.1%. In second place is IBM with 18.6% surpassing Hewlett Packard Corp. which posted 13.7% in the fourth quarter of 2006. IDC’s figures for 2006 also revealed EMC had a 21.9 market share, with IBM at 15.1% and HP’s with 14.3%.
For disk storage, IBM has been behind HP for about a decade and only last year closed the gap.
IBM also moved up in the software market, with revenue growth of 10.3% in the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to a year earlier and 28.2% for 2006, compared to 2005.
IDC’s numbers shore up a Gartner, Inc. report published last week that showed IBM leading HP in worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage in 2006, posting a 15.8% market share to HP’s 13.1%. Another IDC report covering the worldwide server systems market, which was published in February, showed IBM in the number one spot with HP, Sun Microsystems, Dell and Fujitsu following behind in that order.