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Top Storage Companies in 2020

SK hynix ≠1, now in front of 2019 leader Micron

Sorry but we published yesterday for few minutes an article with the same title but with last year’s comment. Editor.

After 4 years as ≠1 storage company in the world (see below), Micron was replaced in 2020 by SK hynix. Phison and Dropbox are new ones in this ranking.

It is based only on official figures of 15 public companies publishing or estimating their number for storage revenue only at more than $1 billion, for their fiscal year ended one of the month of calendar year 2020 and surpassing $1 billion in revenue.

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

If we consider only these 15 companies with both figures known last 2 years, their total sale results are $98.8 billion million in 2019 and $94,7 billion in 2020, or down 4% (it was -22% last year), proving that WW storage industry is stabilizing but not fast growing.

Some other big actors like Samsung and Toshiba Memory Corp. are also big in storage but are not ranked here as they don’t publish financial results on their flash chips and SSDs. Also we have not included Hitachi Vantara that does not publish anymore their storage system revenue but allow them probably to be largely above the limit of $1 billion.

Also, private Veeam, acquired by Insight Peripherals, and Veritas record more than $1 billion but not publishing their yearly revenue.

Another bunch of huge companies in cloud storage could enter in this ranking approaching $10 billion in sales and more, but once more do not release their annual sales. They are Amazon (AWS S3, Glacier), Microsoft (Azure Archive Storage) and Google (Cloud Storage). Apple is probably far behind.

Top 15 in Storage Revenue in $ Million in FY Ending in Calendar 2020

 
Rank 2020 Rank 2019 Vendors FY ending month in 2020 2019 revenue 2020 revenue 2019/2020 growth Business
1 NA SK hynix 12 24,274 28,688 18% DRAM, flash chips
2 1 Micron 8 23,406 21,435 -9% DRAM, flash chips, SSD
3 2 Dell** 01/21 16,842 16,091 -4% Storage subsystems
4 3 WD 6 16,569 16,736 1% HDD, SSD
5 4 Seagate 6 10,390 10,509 1% HDD
6 8 Kioxia 3 12,016 9,386 -22% NABD, SSD, flash cards
7 7 NetApp 4 6,146 5,412 -12% Storage subsystems
8 9 HPE * 10 5,185 4,681 -10% Storage subsystems
9 10 IBM** 12  1,750 1,873 7% Storage subsystems
10 11 Pure Storage 01/21 1,643 1,684 2% AFA
11 NA Phison 12 1,505 1,640 9% SSD controllers
12 NA Dropbox 12 1,392 1,662 19% Cloud storage
13 14 Mellanox (acquited by Nvidia) 1 1,377 1,138 -17% IB and Ethernet controller
14 12 Nutanix 7 1,236 1,308 6% HCI storage software
15 13 Marvell* 1 1,138 1,152 1% Storage and netwok controller
      TOTAL 98,845 94,707 -4%  
 (Compilation by StorageNewsletter.com)
* storage only
**storage products only
 
Note:
For this ranking we used the companies’ financial results for their fiscal year ending in calendar 2020, ending in any month of 2020, with exception when fiscal year ended in January 2021. 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
2020
 SK hynix
 Micron
 Dell

(Source: StorageNewsletter.com)

 
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