Breathing down NetApp's neck was the other top storage-focused vendor, Hitachi, and its better-known subsidiary, Hitachi Data Systems. Hitachi and HDS saw sales rise 2.2 percent to $570 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, for all of 2012, sales rose 7.0 percent to $2.1 billion, a growth rate that gives it the potential to catch up with NetApp within the next few years.
The year 2012 was a tough one for Hewlett-Packard, which is currently transitioning much of its storage sales from several disjointed legacy architectures to focusing on its 3PAR offering. HP's fourth-quarter sales dropped 13.7 percent to $479 million, while its full-year sales dropped 5.2 percent to $2.0 billion, Gartner wrote.
Dell was the relative bright spot among server vendors with a major storage offering. Gartner said Dell's external controller-based disk storage sales fell 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter to $393 million, but rose 1.9 percent to $1.6 billion for all of 2012.
Rounding out the list of top storage vendors were Fujitsu, down 9.8 percent in the fourth quarter and 3.1 percent for all of 2012, and Oracle, which saw a huge drop, Gartner said.
Dell, HP and IBM saw good increases in sales of newly introduced storage systems in 2012, but that was not enough to offset declines in sales of those products that were being replaced by the newer offerings, Gartner said.
PUBLISHED MARCH 21, 2013