Enterprise storage revenue rose 7.4 percent to $14.5 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018, according to IDC. Total storage capacity shipments rose 1.7 percent to 92.5 exabytes during the fourth quarter.
Dell with 20.6 percent share, HPE with 18 percent, NetApp with 5.8 percent, IBM with 4.8 percent, Huawei with 4 percent, Lenovo with 3.5 percent and Hitachi with 3.3 percent are the top storage vendors.
Dell generated storage revenue of $2,987.6 million (+14.8 percent) in Q4 2018, followed by HPE $2,606.3 million (+0.6 percent), NetApp $842.3 million (+14.6 percent), IBM $698.5 million (–6.5 percent), Huawei $579.7 million (+12.6 percent), Lenovo $501.8 million (+63.9 percent) and Hitachi $483.6 million (+6.7 percent).
Server revenue of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to big datacenters fell 1.5 percent to $2.7 billion, representing 18.8 percent of enterprise storage investments. Revenue of server-based storage rose 4.7 percent to just under $4.1 billion, representing 28.1 percent of total enterprise storage investments.
Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC said cloud providers slowed their investment due to significant existing capacity. OEM vendors selling dedicated storage arrays are addressing demand from businesses investing in both on-premises and public cloud infrastructure.