Australia follows China in disk storage revenue

A slump in consumption of external disk storage in the Asia-Pacific region has pushed Australia to second spot in vendor revenue behind China, according to a recent Gartner report.

Australia's market share increased by one point to 18 per cent for the second quarter of 2005, while China jumped from 22 per cent to 33 per cent. South Korea dropped to third, followed by Taiwan.

Australia moved past South Korea in the rankings, where consumption fell several percentage points, allowing China to take up the slack, Gartner's vice-president for storage, Phil Sargeant, said.

"China is gaining more market share than anybody else because it is a maturing country and it's much, much bigger," he said. "It had three-and-a-half times more servers shipped in than Australia did."

China's leap in revenue share could be attributed to large parts of the country's storage networking industry maturing from infancy, Sargeant said.

"We are finding that they are starting to employ technologies that are already well deployed in Australia," he said.

Australia's revenue share had remained largely the same, as organisations had been using these established technologies for a number of years, he said.

Australia's external disk storage revenue totalled $US74.8 million in the second quarter of 2005.

The top three vendors in Australia were HP with a vendor revenue market share of 28.8 per cent, EMC (18.1), and IBM (17.9).