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Dell leads the way as enterprise storage market soars

Increased demand for hyperscale architecture in data centers has led to huge growth in the enterprise storage market in 2018.

Dell has maintained its position as the world's largest supplier for the enterprise storage market during the second quarter of 2018 as the company continues to outpace its competition.

According to the latest figures from IDC, the company gained 19.1 percent of the total storage system revenue and managed to grow by 26.6 percent compared to the same time last year. Dell shipped 574,600 units during the second quarter contributing $4.25 billion to the market and the firm's sales were up more than 16 percent year-on-year.

HPE followed very closely behind Dell in 2nd place with 17.3 percent of the market share though its growth was considerably less at just 1.9 percent year-on-year. NetApp took 3rd place and IBM came in at number 4.

The global storage market is on the rise as a result of the recent explosion of hyperscale infrastructure and the market increased by 31.7 percent year over year during Q2 of 2018 to $3.3 billion.

Server-based storage also saw increased growth, growing by 24.9 percent year-on-year to make up 28.5 percent of total enterprise storage investments. External storage systems were also up by 14.4 percent  compared to the same period of time last year.

Research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC, Sebastian Lagana offered further insight on the firm's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker report, saying:

"Strong growth in the 2nd quarter of 2018 was driven by an ongoing infrastructure refresh cycle, investments in next-generation workloads, expanded use in public cloud services and data-driven initiatives. The growing data economy is a big part of the current market growth. Companies of all sizes are investing in platforms that support their need to ingest, process, and disseminate large volumes of data cost effectively and without introducing new risks to the business."

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