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Top Storage Companies in 2018

Micron leader for second consecutive year, then WD, Dell, etc.

Our ranking is based on official figures of companies publishing their number on storage only for their fiscal year ended one of the month of calendar year 2018 and surpassing $1.5 billion in revenue.

Micron, in flash and RAM, with huge growth in 2017 (+64%) and 2018 (50%), is biggest storage company in the word for second consecutive year after being number two for three years.

WD continues to be number two, thanks to its acquisition of SanDisk.

EMC announced storage revenue of $16,301 million and Dell 1,437 million in 2015. But Dell, after its acquisition of EMC, is at $15,254 million in 2018 and number three.

Then Seagate, number four, is the last one surpassing $10 billion in sales last year in a declining HDD market and being a small actor in SSDs.

Number five is NetApp, far behind with $5.911 billion.

Number six and seven are respectively Broadcom recording excellent positive results (+65%) thanks to acquisitions. and HPE (+13% after -1% in 2017).

Big Blue, number height, is these last years the most rapidly declining firm among the big storage companies – 26% in 2018 – and now at much less than $2 billion.

If we consider only these 8 companies, their global sales decreased by 6% in 2016, but increased by 24% in 2017 and 29% in 2018, in part from the success of SSDs and all-flash subsystems, but not compensating traditional storage products for IBM

The global storage market is even probably growing at more than this figure of 29% as there are many start-ups booming and not including here. Remember that, for the first time historically, global revenue of the biggest storage companies decreased in 2015 by 3% and in 2016 by 6%. For our top ones it was up 5% from 2012 to 2013 and 9% from 2013 to 2014.

Some other big actors like Samsung and Toshiba Memory Corp. are doing also very well but are not ranked here as they don’t publish financial results on their flash chips and SSDs. Also we have not included SK Hynix mainly in DRAM and Hitachi Vantara that does not publish anymore storage revenue but probably above our limit of $1.5 billion.

Top 8 in Storage Revenue in $ Million in Their Respective FY Ending in Calendar 2018
Rank 2018
Rank 2017 FY ending month Vendors 2017 2016/2017 growth 2018 2017/2018 growth
1
1 8 Micron 20,322 64%  30,391 50%
2
2 6 WD 19,093 47%  20,647 8%
3 4 2 Dell** 8,942 -1%  15,254 71%
4
3 6 Seagate 10,771 -3%  11,184 4%
5
5 4 NetApp 5,519 -0%  5,911 7%
6
7 10 Broadcom* 2,799 22%  4,673 67%
7
6 10 HPE * 3,280 -1%  3,706 13%
8
8 12 IBM** 2,337 7%  1,730 -26%
    TOTAL   73,063 24% 93,946 29%
 
 (Compilation by StorageNewsletter.com)
* storage only
**storage products only
 
Note:
For this ranking we used the companies’ financial results for their fiscal year 2018 – not the calendar year – ending in any month of 2018. We got official published figures when available – not 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
2014  EMC  Micron  WD
2015  EMC  Micron  WD
2016  WD  Micron  Seagate
2017  Micron  WD  Seagate
2018
 Micron
 WD  Dell

(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

 
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