Report: IBM #1 in Wordwide Branded Tape Revenue for Q1 2007

Twelfth Consecutive Quarter That IBM Has Captured the Number One Position in Worldwide Branded Tape Revenue

Stuttgart, (PresseBox) - IDC, a leading IT market research and advisory firm, reported today that for Q1'07, IBM was once again the number one tape product vendor in the world, based on branded tape revenue (1).

This latest report from IDC marks the 12th consecutive quarter that IBM has held the number-one position in worldwide branded total tape revenue and grew faster than all other major vendors. The report “IDC Worldwide Branded Tape 1Q’07 Vendor Analysis” indicated that for the first quarter of 2007, IBM grew total tape revenue worldwide 12 percent year to year, to gain five points of share compared to Q1’06, capturing 32 percent total revenue share.

"IBM is the only company in the world that has the legacy of innovation and leadership in tape storage, having created the technology and launched the market over 50 years ago," said Cindy Grossman, Vice President, Tape Storage Solutions, IBM. “Twelve consecutive quarters of leadership shows that there is strong demand for IBM’s industry leading tape storage innovations as a means for companies to manage their businesses, save energy and to address compliance requirements in the market today.”

Additional highlights of the report include for Q1’07:

IBM number one in branded tape automation, with 31 percent total revenue share;
IBM number one in enterprise tape drives, with 63 percent total revenue share;
IBM number one in enterprise tape automation, with 67 percent total revenue share, and;
IBM number one in total branded tape in the following key countries - Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, UK, and the United States.

About IBM Storage
According to IDC, IBM is the number one trusted storage hardware vendor – disk and tape combined - for full year 2006 (2). For more information about IBM and IBM storage solutions, go to www.ibm.com/storage

(1)Source: IDC Worldwide Branded Tape 1Q’07 Vendor Analysis Document # 207945, August 2007
(2)Source: IDC Worldwide Disk and Tape Storage Tracker Q4 and FY 2006, May 2007

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