The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2013


9. Data Growth Hot, Revenue Not

2013 was a tough year for storage hardware vendors.

IDC said first-quarter 2013 storage hardware revenue fell 0.9 percent over last year, the first year-over-year revenue decline since 2009. That was followed by a drop of 0.8 percent in the second quarter and 3.5 percent in the third quarter.

This was despite capacity growth of 26.4 percent in the first quarter, 21.5 percent in the second quarter, and 16.1 percent in the third quarter.

Storage software sales fared somewhat better. IDC said first-quarter 2013 storage software sales rose 3.2 percent over the prior year, followed by 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter and 1.5 percent growth in the third quarter.

At least the backup appliance market did well, with first-quarter year-over-year growth of 16.5 percent and 7.3 percent in the second quarter, according to IDC.

 



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