Sun Sees 15 Quarters of UNIX Storage Market Growth (IDC)

Sun Continues to Dominate UNIX Storage Market with 15 Consecutive Quarters of Growth

Sun Storage continues upon its strategy for growth: IDC released its quarterly Disk Storage tracking numbers this week for Q2CY07 and Sun showed growth in a number of key areas:

  • UNIX Revenue: Sun retained the #1 ranking for the 15th consecutive quarter with 30,747 units shipped and share of 32.7%, up from 28,198 and share of 32.4%, in the previous quarter;
  • The ST6000 product family, specifically the ST6540 and ST6140, helped Sun achieve more than 35% midrange revenue growth and helped Sun gain market share for revenue and units shipped. This result was the highest growth rate among the major vendors in this category. 
  • Sun moved up into the top 5 in revenue for Total Disk Storage (All Operating Systems);
  • Revenue attributed to the storage portion of Sun Fire X4500, or Thumper, also boosted Sun's revenue and units shipped in the midrange: Sun continued its strong pattern of growth with this storage capacity workhorse. Sun shipped a phenomenal 7.5 petabytes in the quarter on the Thumper platform, which happens to be running at an impressive $100 million revenue run rate per quarter since launch.

"Sun's growth in the storage market for the quarter - including an impressive 35% increase in the midrange - can be attributed to our unique strategy of offering an end-to-end storage portfolio that takes advantage of the benefits of the open source operating system -- Solaris," said Nigel Dessau, senior vice-president, marketing and business operations. "Today numbers support our strategy for growth with unique Sun-only products like the Sun StorageTek 6000 series family and the Sun Fire x4500 Thumper systems fast catching on with customers."

-source: IDC Quarterly Dish Storage Tracking Numbesr, Q2CY07

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