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External Storage System Sales: IBM, Huawei Grow; Dell, HPE, NetApp Plummet

IDC reports that robust mainframe sales during the second quarter gave IBM a big storage boost, while the recovery of China from the worst of the pandemic pushed Huawei sales up nearly 50 percent. Dell, HPE and NetApp, meanwhile, saw double-digit declines.

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4. IBM

IBM‘s enterprise external OEM storage system revenue of $504.6 million gave the company the No. 4 spot, according to IDC. That represented a growth rate of 12.6 percent year over year, second only to that of Huawei for the quarter.

While IBM did not break out actual storage revenue numbers during its second fiscal quarter 2020 financial report on July 20, the company did report storage systems hardware revenue was up 3 percent during the quarter over last year.

IBM‘s storage business has been focused on building software and services based on its Spectrum line of software-defined storage technologies. However, the company early this year replaced its incompatible legacy Storwize and A9000 storage families with a new FlashSystem all-flash array family.

IDC‘s Lagana said IBM storage hardware sales suffered from a slow rollout of all-flash storage, but that is changing. He also said that strength in IBM storage in the second calendar quarter was tied at least in part to 68 percent growth in IBM Z mainframe sales, which pulled along IBM storage sales. “The downside is that System Z sales are on a five- to six-quarter cycle,” he said. ”Then the sales go away.”

 
 
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