SOURCE: IBM

July 21, 2005 10:03 ET

IBM Storage Services Maintains Worldwide Lead in Market Share According to Top Analyst Firm

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 21, 2005 -- IBM® today announced that it continues to lead in the 2004 storage services marketplace based on revenue throughout Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific and Japan, according to a recent Gartner annual report on the worldwide storage services segment(1). IBM maintains its leadership position from the previous year in the storage service marketplace which was, as stated by Gartner, measured to be worth more than $22 billion in 2004 and represents as much as a $30 billion opportunity by 2008.

The compounding deluge of data, growing complexity of storage technology, escalating IT management costs, and increasing strain on internal resources, are driving the need for more efficient and cost-effective ways to maximize and manage server and storage infrastructures. IBM storage services help clients dramatically reduce complexity by assisting them with their storage management needs, providing them with the ability to concentrate on primary business goals by helping them to meet data performance and availability requirements on an as-needed basis.

"Dealing with the ever-increasing data avalanche is one of the most important challenges businesses are faced with today. IBM customers are leveraging our information on demand technology and storage services to help them manage the flood of information," said Sergei Varbanov, storage services global offering executive, IBM Global Services. "Our storage services help enable, integrate, analyze, optimize and manage on demand business infrastructures -- increasing the business value of IT for our customers and delivering the right information at the right time."

IBM storage services include the combined power of IBM Global Services, IBM Systems and Technology Group, IBM Tivoli software, and IBM Research providing customers with a comprehensive set of storage solutions including business continuity and recovery services, infrastructure and systems management services, networking services, technical support and IT education services.

According to Gartner, IBM is projected to maintain marketplace leadership as one of the top storage service vendors through 2008.

Information on Demand

The desire by businesses to access, manage, deliver and secure 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, and sophisticated software for information, security and IT system management to create cost effective and flexible information infrastructures. Regardless of industry, IBM helps companies transform data into insight to enable information on demand.

About IBM Global Services

IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services and consulting provider. Some 190,000 professionals in more than 160 countries help clients integrate information technology with business value -- from the business transformation and industry expertise of IBM Business Consulting Services to hosting, infrastructure, technology design and training services. IBM Global Services delivers integrated, flexible and resilient processes across companies and through business partners, enabling clients to save money and transform their businesses to be more competitive. For more information, visit www.ibm.com/services.

(1) Gartner, "Storage Services Market Leaders Hold Their Ground," authored by Adam W. Couture, June 2005.

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