Report: IBM Leads Top Four Storage Vendors in Sequential Quarter Growth in External Disk Storage for First Half of 2008

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ARMONK, NY - 09 Sep 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that IDC, a leading IT market research and advisory firm, reported that from Q1'08 through Q2'08, IBM achieved the greatest quarter to quarter growth of any of the top four major external disk storage systems vendors (1). From Q1'08 to Q2'08, IBM disk market share grew 19.15 percent, double that of the next closest vendor, besting the major storage hardware vendors for the first half of 2008.

This latest IDC report entitled "IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, Q2 2008" also compared year over year results -- Q2'07 to Q2'08 -- in which IBM grew 14.33 percent versus HP who grew just 8.24 percent year over year.

(1) Source: IDC Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker, Q2 2008. According to IDC published data of the four major market share vendors for Q1'08 through Q2'08. Dell grew 4.17 percent, EMC grew 6.2 percent, HP grew 9.16 percent, and IBM grew 19.15 percent.

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