Report: IBM Gains Disk Storage Systems Market Share on Competitors

Study Shows IBM Grew 10 Times Faster than Industry Market

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ARMONK, NY - 18 Sep 2002: IBM gained more share in worldwide disk storage systems revenue in the second quarter of 2002 than its nearest two competitors, according to the inaugural IDC Quarterly Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker, which measures companies in key categories across the disk spectrum.

Highlights of the tracker showed IBM grew ten times faster than total disk storage systems market and three times faster in external disk storage systems. IBM had an array of disk storage share gains from first quarter 2002 to second quarter 2002, showing revenue growth particularly in storage area networks, where IBM outgrew its nearest two competitors with a 19% increase in revenue. IBM also showed bullish growth in external disk operating with mainframe servers, outgrowing competitors to gain 9.1 share points quarter-to-quarter.

"IBM has been winning customers in storage by providing an end-to-end open solution that integrates technology across platforms," said Bob Samson, vice president of sales and marketing, IBM Storage Systems Group. "IBM invented the storage market, continues to set new standards for technology innovation and establishing open industry standards, and is today the most
comprehensive storage company in the world."

Recently, IBM completed a major refresh of its storage portfolio, including a new TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (code named Shark), improved midrange disk products with the FAStT family, enhanced Network Attached Storage including a new low-end NAS product, and refreshed its tape storage line for backup and recovery.

The IBM TotalStorage portfolio provides customers with storage solutions across the continuum -- disk, tape, middleware, database, ISV applications, services expertise and financing -- and IBM continues to add to its product line.

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