IDC said that total capacity shipments rose 41.1 percent year on year to stand at 28.3 exabytes. An exabyte is one quintillion bytes, or one billion gigabytes (GB).
IDC said that spending on “traditional” external arrays fell during the quarter but demand for server based storage and hyperscale infrastructure rose strongly.
EMC help the pole position in the storage rat pack, collecting 17.4 percent of all spending in the quarter. HP was second with a 14.6 percent share, while Dell had 10.2 percent share.
But original design manufacturers (ODMs), such as Taiwanese firms like Quanta selling directly to data centre customers was 12.6 percent during the quarter.
As far as external disk storage systems are concerned, EMC was the clear leader (27.3%), followed by Netapp (13.6%), and HP and Hitachi holding 9.1 percent and nine percent share of worldwide revenues.