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Dell sold more storage capacity than other server makers in 1st half of 2014

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September 24, 2014

Market research firm IDC says that Dell sold more storage capacity than any other server makers in the first half of 2014.

In IDC's 2014 Global Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker report, Dell is singled out as having sold 4,311,728 terabytes of disk storage, 4.3 exabytes, by the mid-point of 2014.

Dell storage shipments were up 14.8 percent compared to 2013, while EMC's went down 7.7 percent, HP was also down 6.2 percent and IBM fell 7.8 percent.

The terabytes shipped numbers IDC recorded were:

  • Dell - 4,311,728
  • EMC - 4,076,546
  • HP - 3,428,016
  • NetApp - 2,725,513
  • IBM - 1,641,182
  • Others - 3,003,154
  • Dell storage's managing director Alan Atkinson has blogged about this, saying the Dell total "equates to more than 57,000 years of continuously running high definition video!"

    Dell was third in the first quarter and fourth in the second, from which we conclude that Dell sells its terabytes of capacity for a lot less than EMC, HP and IBM – even less than NetApp.

    This storage shipped lead is great news for Dell, especially as the momentum is positive.

    But it's apparent that to get a greater share of total disk storage revenues, Dell will have to sell a great deal more storage and/or raise its prices.

    As always, it will be interesting to see how the second half of the year shapes up, not just for Dell but for the other server makers as well. You will note in this report that Chinese server maker Lenovo wasn't even mentioned in the numbers.

    Source: IDC Market Research.

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