Gartner shows storage market grows

Not a lot happening in storage last week. Gartner released its numbers for external storage, Hyper9 announced new storage management software for virtual environments and Nasuni rolled out some management and reporting tools for its NAS-based Nasuni filer.

Gartner shows that the external controller storage market grew by 18.3% in the first quarter of 2010, due to an improving economy, the need to refresh storage architectures and the increase in file-based access applications. Worldwide external controller revenue totaled $4.5 billion, up $3.8 billion from the first quarter of last year. The North American market grew over 25%.

File-access external storage grew from nearly $595 million to $846 million, a 42% increase, while block access external storage revenue was flat at $3.6 billion.

Raw terabyte shipments grew 65% in the first quarter of 2010, while the price per terabyte decreased 28.3%.

EMC showed the greatest gain in market market share to due its Data Domain acquisition, which Gartner estimates accounts for nearly 10% of EMC's revenue in the first quarter. EMC's market share was 23.4%, followed by IBM at 11.3% and NetApp at 8.5%. Dell and HP followed up at 9.2% and 9.8%, respectively.

In other news, Hyper9, a virtualization management company, this week launched Storage Lens, software that gives a customer visibility into the Fibre Channel, iSCSI and NFS-based resources tied to their virtual servers. The software lets users determine over-capacity conditions and contention between servers for storage and troubleshoot I/O issues. Latency, throughput and IOPS can be determined between the virtual machine, host, cluster or data store.

And, finally, Nasuni, the maker of the Nasuni Filer, a gateway to cloud storage, announced this week that it has enhanced its platform with the addition of a graphical management interface and reporting tools. These features allow customers to monitor and manage their billing for cloud services from multiple providers. They also let customers track and control their storage usage by file type.

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