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Japan-based Hitachi and its worldwide subsidiary Hitachi Data Systems maintained its number four position with revenue of $518.3 million in the first quarter. However, a relatively moderate 6.4-percent revenue growth helped bring Hitachi within striking distance of number three vendor IBM.
Hitachi's main growth came from its VSP (Virtual Storage Platform), in which Gartner estimated a 24.5 percent growth in sales over last year to boost its high-end enterprise market share by 6.3 percentage points.
Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif., like rival IBM, barely grew its storage hardware revenue over last year. Gartner estimated HP's storage hardware revenue grew a mere 1.7 percent to reach $491.5 million, giving it a 9-percent share of the entire market.
HP's second fiscal quarter results, which the company reported last month, included strong growth in software sales tempered by weak hardware sales, including storage.
HP's sales of its 3PAR storage technology were key to its growth. Gartner estimated sales of HP 3PAR grew 137.4 percent over last year, more than making up for declining sales of the company's EVA, P4000 LeftHand and P2000 MSA storage lines.
Dell, Round Rock, Texas, was one of the really bright spots, along with EMC and NetApp, in the storage hardware business during the first quarter. Gartner estimated Dell's storage hardware revenue rose 12.4 percent over last year to reach $431.4 million, giving it a 7.9-percent market share.
Gartner attributed 73.5 percent of Dell's storage hardware sales to the company's EqualLogic PS series and to the Compellent Storage Center platform, both of which were acquired by Dell as it weaned itself off its reseller relationship with its old partner and now bitter rival EMC.
Coming in at number seven was Japan-based Fujitsu, which Gartner said saw a 19.6-percent drop in storage hardware revenue over last year to $143.9 million. Fujitsu, which depends heavily on sales to its home market, suffered as the entire Japan market for storage declined 12.3 percent over last year, Gartner said.
Rounding out the top eight was Oracle, which saw its storage hardware revenue sales plummet 17.5 percent to $70.4 million. Even so, Oracle's NAS business grew 42.9 percent over last year thanks to the strength of its ZFS file system-based appliance family, Gartner said.