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`Disk storage market grew 64 pc in 2001'

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BANGALORE, Aug. 8

IDC has said that the disk storage market in India witnessed a robust growth in 2001. IDC Research has estimated the disk storage market in India at 1709.6 terabytes in 2001, a growth of 64.2 per cent over corresponding figures in 2000.

In terms of value the market grew by a mere 4.2 per cent to $141.25 million. External storage continued to register impressive gains and totalled 997.2 terabytes, a 71.9 per cent growth over the corresponding figures in 2000.

The drop in value is an indication of the growing maturity of the market as prices are stabilising and are on par with those prevailing in other countries in the region.

Proposed as a solution for large and mid-sized companies with escalating data storage requirements, storage area network (SAN) has been the focus of much development and attention. Furthermore, NAS product launches by most of the Indian storage players indicate much action within this space. IDC research in India indicates a marked increase in the growth of non-captive and external storage.

The factors promoting the growth of the market in India include the decreasing cost per megabyte, the low installed base of these solutions and the transition in the amount and type of data that is to be stored and managed.

More commendable has been the attitude, wherein storage is quickly moving from being a largely tactical ``add-on'' technology to be widely recognised as a strategic issue by itself.

Two operating systems, Windows and Unix, compete intensely in this market. Vendor analysis shows that Compaq and HP continued to lead the market with 43.5 per cent and 19.4 per cent of the overall terabytes sold in 2001.

Both vendors held on to their respective positions in the fast growing, external storage market with 41.4 per cent and 18.9 per cent, respectively. Their share in the internal storage market totalled 43 per cent and 23.1 per cent respectively.

Imperative to its improved performance has been installations in the banking and finance and the telecommunication segments. Other vendors in the top five include IBM, Network Appliances and Sun Microsystems.

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