FRAMINGHAM, MA – Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue grew 2.1% year-over-year to $8.8 billion during the second quarter of 2015, says International Data Corp.

Revenue growth was strongest within the group of original design manufacturers that sell directly to hyperscale data centers. This portion of the market was up 25.8% year-over-year to $1 billion. Sales of server-based storage were up 10% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.7 billion in sales represented a 3.9% year-over-year decline. Total capacity shipments were up 37% year-over-year to 30.3EB during the quarter.

"Companies are increasingly using new project initiatives and infrastructure refresh as an opportunity to deploy new storage technologies that are able to drive cost and complexity out of their existing storage resources," said Eric Sheppard, research director, IDC Storage.

"This is pushing critical investment dollars toward technologies like cloud-based storage, integrated systems, software-defined storage, and flash-optimized storage systems at the expense of traditional external arrays."

EMC finished in the top position within the total worldwide enterprise storage systems market, accounting for 19.2% of all revenues in the second quarter. HP held the number two position, with 16.2% of spending during the quarter. Dell accounted for 10.1% of global spending.

As a collective group, storage systems sales by original design manufacturers selling directly to hyperscale data center customers accounted for 11.5% of global spending during the quarter.

EMC was the largest external storage systems supplier, with 29.9% of worldwide revenues. IBM, NetApp, and HP finished the quarter in a statistical tie for the second largest ranking, with revenue shares of 11.1%, 10.9% and 10.5%, respectively. Dell and Hitachi were also a statistical tie, with the two companies earning 6.6% and 6.5% of worldwide external storage revenues during the quarter.

The total open networked disk storage market generated $5 billion in revenue during the quarter. EMC maintained its leadership in the total open networked storage market, with 32.4% revenue share. NetApp generated 12.3% of revenue within this market segment.

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