Sun Achieves Double Digit Growth in Disk Storage Systems

9/8/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that its Network Storage division has increased share sequentially in vendor revenue for total market and UNIX® disk storage systems for the third consecutive quarter, according to IDC's Q2-2003 Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Quarterly Tracker. Outpacing the overall disk storage systems market, Sun's overall storage revenue grew 22 percent sequentially versus an almost two percent decline for the market. Additionally, Sun moved into the number two ranking for total UNIX revenue and increased its market share to 20 percent, closing in on number one ranked HP who lost share in this category.

"Our systems approach to addressing customer pain points has enabled Sun Network Storage to maintain momentum in this flat IT market," said Mark Canepa, executive vice president, Sun Network Storage. "With the introduction of new product lines that address today's IT concerns, including cost, complexity and risk, Sun has been successfully growing market share at a very solid and consistent rate."

Sun Network Storage provides products that address a broad range of customer requirements, from the entry level to the high-end, and has demonstrated significant growth in each of these areas. Specifically, the 10 percent sequential increase in mid-range (disk storage systems in IDC price bands between $15,000 and $300,000) revenue this quarter illustrates the success of Sun's newest product line, the Sun StorEdge 6000 family. The 6000 family of products meets the specific needs of this growing market by including data center functionality and being priced competitively.

Additional highlights from the IDC Disk Storage Systems report include:

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