External controller-based disk storage hit record revenue in 2010

External controller-based (ECB) disk storage beat other IT infrastructure segments and hit a record revenue mark in 2010.

According to Gartner the industry exceeded its previous high set in 2008 by $1.4 billion in 2010.

The revenue also surpassed $19.4 billion in 2010, an 18.1 percent increase from 2009’s revenue of $16.5 billion.


However, it’s not all good news – with Gartner claiming that although block-access ECB disk storage had an 80 percent share and grew14.9 percent over 2009 in 2010, this large segment grew only 3.4 percent over 2008.

File-access ECB disk storage on the other hand grew 36.2 percent in 2010 over 2009, as well as 37.6 percent over 2008.

EMC increased its worldwide ECB disk storage revenue market share to 28 percent in 2010 and 28.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, while NetApp experienced the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors in 2010 with a revenue increase of 50.9 percent from 2009.

Gartner said that the growth in this industry was down to storage infrastructure modernisation, expanded server and desktop virtualisation projects, disk-based backup and archiving deployments, which were “propelling ECB disk storage vendor revenue growth”.

IT executives were showing a willingness to invest in new and modern ECB disk storage that address complexity, reduce opex and improve utilisation while satisfying demanding service-level agreements.