Storage and storage networking systems seem to suffer no ill effects from the weakening economy, showing strong year-on-year sales growth for the most recent quarter.
IDC reported worldwide external disk revenues growing 8.8 percent to $4.9 billion, representing a good chunk of the total disk storage market of $6.6 billion. The company said storage vendors shipped more than 2,000 petabytes in the quarter, a 41.7 percent jump.
The NAS and Open SAN market saw an even healthier 15.3 percent gain in the quarter, coming in at more than $3.7 billion. EMC was the market leader with nearly 28 percent, followed by HP with 12.3 percent.
iSCSI SANs saw particularly good results, nearly doubling sales over the same quarter last year. In this category, Dell took the lead with a 31.1 percent share, followed by EMC and NetApp with about 13 percent each.
IDC pegged the increases on the growing demand for storage and storage networking due to widening use of virtualized server environments increasing levels of file-level data.