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Top Storage Companies in 2019

On podium Micron remains ≠1 and Dell ≠2 replacing and WD ≠3, and then ...

Our ranking is based on official figures of companies publishing or estimating their number for storage revenue, only for their fiscal year ended one of the month of calendar year 2019 and surpassing $1 billion in revenue.

Note that all these firms are in storage but sometimes with very different businesses.

We have enlarged this report with here 15 companies vs. 8 last year, adding Kioxia, Pure Storage, Nutanix, Marvell, Mellanox, Veeam and Veritas .

Micron, in flash and RAM, with huge growth in 2017 (+64%) and 2018 (50%), continues to be biggest storage company in the world for third consecutive year after being ≠2 for 3 years, even if sales decreased drastically (-30%) in 2019..

Dell replaced this time WD as ≠2 because the flash and HDD maker saw revenue down 20% last year.

Then Seagate, ≠4, is surpassing $10 billion in sales last year in a declining HDD market and being a small actor in SSDs, just in front of Micron.

≠6 is NetApp, far behind, with $6,146 billion.

≠7, ≠8 and ≠9 are respectively Kioxia (formerly Toshiba HDD), HPE and IBM, in front Veritas and younger firms Pure Storage and Nutanix, beating 3 others with revenue estimated at around $1 billion (Marvell, Mellanox and Veeam, the last two ones being acquired).

If we consider only the 10 companies with both figures known last 2 years, their global sale results are 96,303 million in 2018 and 84,783 million in 2019, or down 22%, proving that WW storage industry was far of growing last year. It decreased by 6% in 2016, but increased by 24% in 2017 and 29% in 2018.

The global storage market is even probably decreasing at less that 22% as there are many start-ups booming, not revealing their results being private companies, and then 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 also big 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 their storage revenue but probably largely above our limit of $1 billion.

Top 15 in Storage Revenue in $ Million in Their Respective FY Ending in Calendar 2019
Rank 2019
Rank 2018
FY ending month Vendors 2018 2017/2018 growth 2019 2018/2019 growth
1
1 8 Micron 30,391 50% 23,406 -30%
2 3 2 Dell** 15,254 71% 17,767 7%
3
2 6 WD 20,647 8% 16,569 -20%
4
4 6 Seagate 11,184 4% 10,390 -7%
5 NA NA Kingston NA NA ˜10,000 NA
6
5 4 NetApp 5,911 7% 6,146 4%
7
NA 11 Kioxia*** 5,300 NA 4,300 -19%
8
7 10 HPE * 3,706 13% 3,609

3%

9
8 12 IBM** 1,730 -26%  1,750 1%
10
NA NA Veritas
NA NA
˜1,700
 
11
NA 1 Pure Storage
1,025 41%
1,360 33%
12 NA NA Nutanix 1,155 37%
1,236
7%
13 NA NA Marvell*
NA NA
˜1,200 NA
14 NA NA Mellanox
NA NA
˜1,000 NA
15 NA NA Veeam
NA NA
˜1,000 NA
    TOTAL   96,303 24% 97,783 29%
    TOTAL****   96,303   84,783
-22%
 
 (Compilation by StorageNewsletter.com)
* storage only
**storage products only
*** With others is made up of materials and devices, and resale of memory products, formerly Toshiba HDD
**** When both figures of 2018 and 2019 are known
 
Note:
For this ranking we used the companies’ financial results for their fiscal year 2019 – not the calendar year – ending in any month of 2019. We got official published figures when available and sometimes only estimations.

Historically, here are the winners’ circle since 1991:

Year  ≠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
2019
 Micron
 Dell  WD

(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

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