Gartner Says EMEA External Controller-Based Disk Storage Market Revenue Exceeded 2008 Levels, Growing 14.2 Per Cent in 2010

Egham, UK, (PresseBox) - External controller-based (ECB) disk storage revenue in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) reached $5.8 billion in 2010 exceeding 2008 levels, according to Gartner, Inc. EMEA ECB storage revenue grew 14.2 per cent from 2009 revenue of $5.1 billion.

"This double-digit growth in EMEA was largely due to the gradual stabilisation of economies across Europe, and the fulfilling of pent-up demand resulting from the economic downturn in 2009," said Sid Deshpande, senior research analyst at Gartner. "Several storage vendors expanded their small and medium business (SMB) products, and go to market strategies in 2010 fuelling strong demand."

In EMEA, all of the top nine ECB disk storage vendors retained their 2009 rankings in terms of revenue. EMC, NetApp and Hitachi Data Systems were the only vendors among the top nine to increase market share year-on-year.

In 2010, NetApp was the fastest growing ECB storage vendor in EMEA, with a growth rate of 36 per cent (see Table 1). NetApp's strong performance was driven by a 37 per cent increase in revenue of its FAS series product line and an 84 per cent increase in its V-series storage virtualisation product.

Additional information on the ECB disk storage market is available in the Gartner "Quarterly Statistics: Disk Array Storage, All Regions, 4Q10 Update". The report includes vendor market share by data access method, price band, sales channel and operating system segmentation. The report is available on Gartner's website at

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