Storage sales up 12 per cent
HP and IBM lead the marketplace in overall storage sales in a marketplace that grew 12 per cent sequentially in the fourth quarter, despite an overall slump for the year, IDC reported. In 2002, storage sales — that totaled $US5.4 billion — dropped 15 per cent over 2001. This still beat IDC’s prediction that sales would drop by 21 per cent for the year. HP and IBM each garnered 25 per cent of sales in the quarter with $US1.37 billion and $US1.34 billion, respectively. EMC was third with 11 per cent ($US505 million in sales), Sun Microsystems had 6 per cent ($US225 million) and Dell Computer ($US278 million) and Hitachi Data Systems ($US277 million) each grabbed 5 per cent of the storage market. IDC’s forecast for this year was for a slight decline over 2002 sales.
How to cut costs
HP plans to launch a printing consultancy business to help companies cut costs. The company would launch a consultancy organisation that would help businesses to find a balance between encouraging employee creativity and reducing printing costs — a balance that every IT manager was trying to manage, the chief technology officer of HP’s imaging and printer group, Frank Cloutier, said.
Oracle lead cut back
IT buyers once again spent more on Oracle relational and object-relational databases than on similar software from other vendors in 2002, according to preliminary figures from IDC. The company estimated that IT buyers worldwide spent $US12.9 billion on relational and object-relational databases in 2002. Oracle nabbed 39.4 per cent of that revenue, or $US5.1 billion, a five per cent revenue decrease from 2001, its second year-on-year revenue drop in a row. IBM came in second with 33.6 per cent ($US4.3 billion), a nine per cent hike, while Microsoft grabbed 11.1 per cent ($US1.4 billion), a 15 per cent increase. Sybase came in fourth, followed by NCR.