Network Appliance continues to lead by a large margin in the network-attached storage and unified storage markets, the latest Gartner storage report has found.
According to the analyst firm, the worldwide market in revenue terms increased more than 31 per cent year-on-year in 2006. That growth is being driven by Network Appliance, which represents a 53.9 per cent stake worth $US1098.5 million. The vendor chalked up 22 per cent growth over the same period.
EMC holds down second place with a market share of 11 per cent, followed by HP (6.5 per cent), IBM (5.7 per cent) and Dell (2.8 per cent).
A sign of NetApp's growth was evidenced earlier in the month with the appointment of national systems engineering manager, Michael DeLandre. He will oversee coverage of enterprise accounts as well as assist with its partner program rollout.
Gartner's group team manager, global hardware markets, Matt Boon, said NAS/unified storage is NetApp's core market worldwide.
"We would see that replicated in all the markets it plays in, and Australia will be no different to anywhere else in that regard," he said.
Boon said a key contributor to the vendor's success was SMBs.
"NetApp has been focused on building capability in SMB: it has very selectively chosen a number of markets globally and released products that are very specific to SMB. Australia is one of those markets and it has been successful," he said.
Boon said EMC had also been looking to increase its overall capability in the NAS space from the SAN environment and had experienced some success.
"The Dell/EMC relationship has certainly helped EMC, through Dell, penetrate markets it historically would not be able to get into because of its high-end reputation in the NAS and SAN market," he said.
In the overall storage market, EMC leads the market followed by IBM and HP, Boon said.