Samsung grabs top position in enterprise SSD market

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Samsung Electronics has grabbed the number one position in the enterprise solid state drives (SSD) used in corporate data centers, according to analyst firms.

Samsung is already number one in the client (PC) SSD sales.

Samsung, the leading smartphone maker based in Korea, increased its enterprise SSD market share to 32.4 percent in Q1 2016 against 22 percent in Q4 2015 – to grab the top position. Samsung had 20.6 percent share of the global enterprise SSD market in 2015.

On the other hand, Samsung’s closest competitor dropped market share to 16.9 percent to become the number two in the enterprise SSD market.

“Lately, Samsung’s role in leading the movement to SSDs in the enterprise market has been quite impressive. Samsung’s success in supporting all-flash systems has fueled its rise in enterprise storage thanks to a broad portfolio of SSDs, including offering the highest densities as well as SATA, SAS and NVMe PCIe solutions,” said Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, SSDs and Enabling Technologies, IDC.

Analyst firm Forward Insights said Samsung led the enterprise SSD market with 34 percent share, well above the 19 percent share of the nearest competitor, in Q1 2016. This compares with a second place Samsung finish with 25 percent of Enterprise SSD market share in Q4 of 2015.

“Samsung has increased its presence in the enterprise storage market as server and flash-array OEMs are seeking to take advantage of the company’s technological leadership, 3D manufacturing and fast, reliable product delivery,” said Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst, Forward Insights.

Forward Insights predicts that Samsung is expected to maintain its market position in 2016 and possibly beyond as it leverages its leading position in 3D NAND technology.

Market research agency TrendFocus said Samsung has 45 percent share in enterprise SSD market in the first quarter of this year, rising from a second place finish with 26 percent share in the fourth quarter of last year.

“The enterprise market is a top Samsung memory focus, so it should come as no surprise that we have now also taken the lead in supplying SSDs to the enterprise, after years of leadership in the client market,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor.

Samsung now has more than 18 SSD families in the enterprise, with a total of over 100 different SKUs.

Samsung said its rapidly growing role as top SSD supplier in the enterprise follows on its leadership in client (PC) SSD sales over the past six years.

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