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Behind The Numbers: Why Rapid Enterprise Storage Growth Seems To Be Over

It's looking like the storage business growth is petering out, with sales from most vendors flat of falling with a couple exceptions, an observation that holds true whether you consider the IDC numbers or the vendors' own quarterly financial reports.

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A Few Bright Spots In What Could Be A Long Night

The heady days of enterprise storage growth are over. While the flash storage array part of the market is still seeing double-digit revenue growth, total storage sales growth seems to have plateaued, and the total industry is at risk of shrinking.

IDC last week published its latest Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, and reported that the total first quarter 2019 worldwide enterprise storage systems market revenue fell 0.6 percent compared to last year to reach $13.4 billion. This was despite a 14.1-percent growth capacity shipped over last year to 114.2 exabytes.

However, the worldwide external enterprise storage systems market, which does not count capacity shipped inside enterprise servers, actually showed a 5.0-percent year-over-year growth during the quarter to $6.9 billion.

The storage industry is complicated, and so there is no single number that looks at how the industry, and the individual vendors, are faring. So turn the page, and come along with CRN to look at the storage numbers from a few different angles.

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