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Issue Date: June 2007

NAS takes off, NetApp holds share

June 2007
Tim Stammers

Global sales of NAS and unified storage soared last year, delivering a 31% revenue increase year-on-year, up from 16% growth in 2005, according to the latest estimates made by Gartner.

Global sales of NAS and unified storage soared last year, delivering a 31% revenue increase year-on-year, up from 16% growth in 2005, according to the latest estimates made by Gartner
Gartner is not publicising any figures beyond that, but says that the strong growth was driven by 'network appliance and a few emerging NAS vendors'. Those emerging vendors will include clustered NAS vendors such as Isilon and PolyServe.
Despite a very recent dip in growth rate, NetApp has just closed its latest fiscal year with full year revenue up by whopping 36% year-on-year.
NetApp says that according to the researcher's estimates it scored a 54% share of market revenue in 2006, barely changed from 55% last year. The only sector where the company says that it does not lead the market is the low-end, where Windows-powered NAS dominates sales.
IDC's numbers are very different. By IDC's reckoning, NetApp accounted for only 29% of NAS revenue last year, down from 32% in 2005.
Unlike Gartner, IDC considers CAS or content-addressed storage as NAS, because it involves file-level access to storage. This means that IDC counts EMC's not inconsiderable Centera sales into its numbers.
Source: Computergram


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