The storage market in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) grew 13.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2002 in terms of the total number of terabytes shipped, and 5.1 per cent in terms of revenue earned, showing a recovery from a 2001 and early 2002, according to figures released by IDC.
Sales growth was strong in Australia, New Zealand, India and Malaysia, offsetting flat or negative growth in other countries in the region, IDC said.
Fourth-quarter storage systems revenue reached $US619.1 million compared to the third-quarter figure of $US589.4 million.
The proportionately greater rise of terabytes shipped reflected the steady decline in storage systems prices, the company said..
One reason for the growth was that end users were showing increased interest in networked storage due to the scalability of storage area networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS), IDC said. SAN and NAS are proving effective for managing the increasing amounts of data now required for business operations.
A trend for users to move to external disk storage systems saw the value of external disk storage shipments, which includes networked storage, increase by 10.6 per cent over the previous quarter.
This contrasted with a decline of 7.5 per cent in the value of internal disk storage systems sales.
Sales of external storage systems were particularly strong in Australia, Korea and the People's Republic of China, IDC said.
HP remains the largest storage vendor in the region (a 28.3 per cent market share), followed by IBM (25.7 per cent). Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Data Systems and EMC all maintained market shares of just under 10 per cent, according to IDC figures.