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Top 12 Storage Companies in 2013

#1 EMC, #2 WD, #3 Seagate

By Jean-Jacques Maleval on 2014.02.19
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Global revenue of Top 12 Storage Companies increased 5% from 2012 to 2013, compared to 10% from 2011 to 2012. The worldwide storage market took a pause in 2013 with decline in storage subsystems and software, confirmed IDC.

As we wrote previously, the real winners are not the storage giants but smaller companies and start-ups with more innovative hardware and software.

EMC continues to be #1 in storage. It's the case since 2004 but with a small growth in 2013 (4%), like in 2012. Rival NetApp is also growing slightly, +2% in 2012 and in 2013, compared to 22% in 2011.

WD took the second position from Seagate but this ranking could eventually change in 2014 as Seagate is acquiring $814 million UK firm Xyratex.

In bad shape in storage, IBM, without Tivoli software business, is positioned as #7 in 2013 and was #5 in 2012.

WD records the highest percentage of growth last year with 22% thanks to the acquisition of HGST. 2003 was a remarkable period for SanDisk (+22%) in the growing market of solid-state technology.

In this Top 12 list, firms offering storage and servers were one more the big losers from 2012 to 2013: Dell -13%, IBM -10%, HP -9%, the exception being Hitachi/HDS +3%.

LSI (-5%) will not be probably in the list next year following its acquisition last December by Avago for $6.6 billion, as we are not sure that Avago will publish separately the figures of LSI in the future.

All Top 12 companies record more than $2 billion in revenue but Dell ($1.7 billion).

Top 12 in Storage Revenue in $ million in FY13

2013
ranking
2012
ranking
 Vendors    FY
ending
in (mo)
  2011   2012 2013   2012/2013
growth
1 1 EMC * 12

14,755

15,440 16,132   4%
2 3 WD  6 9,526 12,478 15,351 23%
3 2 Seagate  6  10,971 14,939 14,351  -4%
4 4 Micron  8  8,788  8,234 9,073   10%
5 6 NetApp  4  5,123  6,233  6,332     2%
6 7 SanDisk  12  5,662  5,053 6,170   22%
7 5 IBM * & **  12  6,787 6,500 5,850 -10%
8 8 HDS + Japan
 3   3,864  4,443 4,559   3%
9 9 HP *  10    4,056   3,815 3,475   -9%
10 11 Symantec *  3   2,307 2,412 2,479   3%
11 10 LSI  12    2,044   2,506 2,370   -5%
12 12 Dell *
      1    2,295   1,943  1,699   -13%
     TOTAL    76,178
 83,996 87,841         5%

(Compilation by StorageNewsletter.com)
* storage only
** estimate, and without Tivoli software

Comments for three Asian companies: Hitachi, Samsung and Toshiba:

  • For Hitachi, we only rank here wholly-owned subsidiary HDS (including storage systems sold in Japan). But the Japanese group has two other storage activities: wholly-owned subsidiary Hitachi Maxell in storage media and the joint venture Hitachi-LG storage with LG in optical disc drives not included here.
  • Samsung, no more in HDDs, could merit to be included in the Top 12 but the company does not precisely publish revenue in NAND flash chips and SSDs. The only figure we got: for calendar year 2013, these two activities, including DRAM, registered sales of KRW 37.44 trillion ($35 billion), +7% from the former annual period.
  • It also not easy to get numbers from Toshiba involved HDDs, SSDs, flash chips, and optical disc products. We just learned that it recorded ¥1,335 billion yens in FY13 ended March 2013 (-7% from 2012) in semiconductor and storage products, the equivalent of around $13.1 billion.

Notes:

  • Here storage is defined as the activity of recording and retrieving computer data using any form of digital devices (based on magnetic, tape, optical, non volatile solid-state - not RAM -, and subsystems) including all associated connectivity, software and services.
  • For this ranking we used the companies' financial results for their fiscal year 2013 - not the calendar year - ending in any month of 2013. We got official figures, no estimations - but for IBM - for all of them and for storage only.

Historically, here are the winners' circle since 1991:

   ≠1 ≠2  ≠3
 1991  IBM Adstar
 Seagate  Memorex Telex
 1992  IBM Adstar  Seagate  Conner
 1993  IBM SSD  Seagate  Conner
 1994  IBM SSD  Seagate  Quantum
 1995  Seagate  IBM SSD  Quantum
 1996  Seagate  Quantum  WD
 1997  Seagate  Quantum  Compaq
 1998  Seagate  Quantum  Compaq
 1999  Seagate  EMC  Quantum
 2000  EMC  Seagate  Maxtor
 2001  EMC  Seagate  Maxtor
 2002  Seagate  EMC  Maxtor
 2003  Seagate  EMC  Hitachi GST
 2004  EMC  Seagate  BenQ
 2005  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2006  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2007  EMC  Seagate  Hitachi GST
 2008  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2009  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2010  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2011  EMC  Seagate  WD
 2012  EMC  Seagate  WD
2013  EMC  WD  Seagate

(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

 
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