IDC: Solaris OS Key to 16 Quarters of UNIX Storage Leadership


In the most recent IDC Quarterly Disk Storage Tracking Results (Q3 CY'07), Sun outpaced the market for both UNIX revenue and unit shipments and posted its 16th consecutive quarters of UNIX disk storage systems leadership. In a growing overall market for UNIX disk storage products, Sun's continued leadership is a direct result of the increasing popularity of the Solaris Operating System as a Storage OS.

Sun also grew Midrange revenue by more than 40% year-over-year and gained 1.3 points in share YoY in what is cyclically a weaker quarter for Sun.

"The IDC quarterly disk storage tracking results showed growth for the UNIX storage market, driven predominantly by the increasing popularity of open, enterprise operating systems like the Solaris Operating System," said Dave Kenyon, vice-president of Storage Marketing, Sun. "With 40% year-over-year growth in mid-range disk storage, these results also show that Sun has responded to customer demand for mid-range modular storage systems - a key market into which Sun will continue to invest."
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