IBM Achieves the Fastest Growth of the Top Three Vendors in Worldwide External Disk Storage Systems Revenue for First Quarter 2007

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ARMONK, NY - 07 Jun 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that based on a new IDC report [1], the company achieved the fastest year-over-year growth of the top three vendors in factory revenue in the External Disk Storage Systems market in Q1 2007, growing faster than H-P or EMC. This marks the third consecutive quarter that IBM has surpassed H-P and second consecutive quarter that IBM has surpassed EMC in year-over-year worldwide external disk storage systems revenue growth.

In an external disk market that grew year-over-year to $4.3 billion in Q1'07, of the top three major vendors, IBM has grown its year-over-year revenue for nine consecutive quarters.

"IBM is the most trusted storage vendor in the world, and today's quarterly data from IDC shows that customers are buying integrated storage solutions from IBM and not from EMC or H-P," said Andy Monshaw, General Manager, IBM System Storage. "There is tremendous momentum for the IBM System Storage business as clients continue to engage with IBM to create information on demand solutions."

Storage Momentum for IBM

The quarterly disk news comes on the heels of IBM announcing that based on a May 2007 IDC report [2], IBM was the number one total storage hardware vendor -- for disk and tape combined for the year 2006 -- beating out all major vendors. Additionally, in March 2007, IBM announced it was the number one vendor for all tape storage solutions -- nearly four years running -- based on an IDC report [3].

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1 [1] Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, 2007

2 [2] Source: IDC Worldwide Combined Disk and Tape Storage 2006 Market Share Update

3 [3] Source: IDC Worldwide Branded Tape Marketshare Report 2006