IBM Gained Market Share Sequentially Over EMC in Total Disk Storage Systems, Report Says

Leading Market Research Firm Also Reports IBM Year-to-Year Share Gains

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ARMONK, NY - 05 Dec 2003: IBM extended its lead over EMC for the second consecutive quarter in total worldwide factory revenue attributable to disk storage systems, according to data released today by IDC [1]. IDC data also shows that in the third quarter IBM had year-over-year growth in worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenue.

"We view today's storage competitive landscape as being in a similar state to the server arena in the late 1990s. We are replicating our success and mirroring the strategies used with our servers to win with our storage products -- we are getting our boxes into EMC shops and have established a strong-presence in the high-end space," said Roland Hagan, Vice President, IBM Storage Systems. "IBM's relative strength is a direct result of its ability to provide a comprehensive storage and server solution that address a complete spectrum of business requirements, while our competitors attempt to shoehorn customers into proprietary point solutions."

Building on the momentum of previous IBM TotalStorage FAStT product introductions, IBM unveiled in the third quarter the IBM TotalStorage FAStT600 storage server with a turbo option. All of these products helped contribute to the company's success and growth in total disk storage revenue. The new FAStT600 storage server with turbo option can help customers evolve from entry-level storage networks to build a mid-range solution easily and inexpensively.

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