June 03, 2005 10:01 ET

IBM Outgrows Market Segment in External Disk Storage, According to Leading Market Research Firm

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 3, 2005 -- IBM continued its momentum in external disk storage systems in 2005 by growing factory revenue by 9.2 percent year-to-year during the first quarter of 2005, outpacing the overall external disk storage segment's growth of 6.7 percent, as measured by IDC [1] in a report released today.

The report also showed IBM's external mid-range storage offerings (priced between $50,000 and $299,999) grew 49 percent year-to-year, while the overall segment grew 27 percent overall. In the face of relatively flat demand for attached disk storage for UNIX environments, IDC reported that IBM's external disk storage attachment to UNIX servers grew 8.3 percent year-to-year.

"The data from IDC indicates that IBM is gaining share by delivering innovative solutions for our clients," said Barry Rudolph, Vice President, IBM Storage. "We continue to offer the broadest portfolio of storage offerings in the industry to help clients build the right infrastructure for information on demand."

IBM continues to be a leader in the storage industry with innovative technology offerings. The company today also announced that its midrange IBM TotalStorage DS4800 offering is generally available. Customers like Rex Hospital in North Carolina are already ordering the system. IBM is the first major storage vendor to make a 4-Gigabit per second disk storage system available to the marketplace. The IBM TotalStorage DS4800 can support both Fibre Channel and SATA hard disk drives, is designed to offer customers up to 550,000 IOPS, and through its high availability and reliability design, can help customers improve business continuity and deliver information on demand.

IBM's external disk storage offerings are a key component of IBM's Information On Demand strategy which is helping clients to integrate their business processes to better meet core functional and business requirements.

Information on Demand

The desire by businesses to access, manage and deliver information more efficiently is driving rapid change in the IT marketplace. Traditional low-tech, hardware-only approaches by proprietary vendors are meeting with resistance as companies grappling with new government mandates and business demands strive to capture and integrate information in a more seamless, real-time fashion across the enterprise. IBM's information on demand approach combines deep business insight with open standards, advanced storage systems, sophisticated systems management software and leading information management software to create efficient, cost effective and flexible information infrastructures. Regardless of industry, IBM helps companies transform data into insight to enable information on demand.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit

[1] Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, Q1'05, June 3, 2005.

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