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ARMONK, NY - 06 Dec 2002: IBM defied an industry downturn in the third quarter by posting the largest sequential increase in total disk storage systems factory revenue and share gains, according to an industry report.
According to the IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker, December 2002, IBM grew factory revenue and gained two points of share in the quarter compared to the previous quarter. Meanwhile, EMC's revenue was down 21 percent sequentially while losing two points of share. IBM's 20 percent share in the third quarter was nearly double EMC's 11 percent. The report also states that IBM gained more external RAID share than any other vendor with an increase of 2.4 points.
IBM introduced the TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (codenamed "Shark") a little over three years ago, and since that time has introduced a full line of open storage networking products including network attached storage and midrange storage disk servers, as well as new open-standard tape products. IBM also benefited from its industry-leading disaster recovery and Tivoli storage management software products.
"These results demonstrate that IBM's ability to deliver integrated, open storage solutions -- from disk to tape -- coupled with world class software and services, is resonating with customers. Customers want solutions to their business problems, not piece parts from niche competitors. And those solutions are what IBM -- and only IBM -- can provide," said Bob Samson, vice president of sales and strategy for IBM Storage Systems Group.
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