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1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. IDC's latest quarterly disk tracker report.
In the first quarter of 2003 revenue for disk storage systems was $4.8bn, down 1% year-on-year. That was far less than the 8% year-on-year fall seen in the same quarter of 2002, and it followed a 2002 fourth quarter rally in which revenue rose 8% sequentially.
IDC concluded that the market "shows buoyancy buoyancy (boi`ənsē, b`yən–), upward force exerted by a fluid on any body immersed in it. Buoyant force can be explained in terms of Archimedes' principle. " and that the first quarter year-on-year gains indicate "a continued trend toward stabilization in overall market spending." The researcher's most recent estimates are that disk-system spending fell by 15% in 2002, and by 21% in 2001.
A disk storage system is defined by IDC as including three or more disk drives that may be located inside or outside of a server box. Reflecting the tumbling price of storage, IDC said that the total capacity shipped in the first quarter was 176PB, up nearly 49% on the capacity shipped in the same quarter last year. That is equivalent to a drop of around 33% in price per-megabyte year-on-year.
The proportion of disk systems that end up as network storage--either as NAS (1) See network access server.
(2) (Network Attached Storage) A specialized file server that connects to the network. A NAS device contains a slimmed-down operating system and a file system and processes only I/O requests by supporting the popular or part of a SAN or both--is increasing. It represented more than half of all revenue for the first time in the first quarter, reaching 53%, up from 48% last year.
There were no significant shifts in vendors' market shares during the first quarter. HP led with a 26% share, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) came second with 19%, and EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, www.emc.com) The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies. came third with 12%. Reflecting the success the two companies enjoyed throughout last year, Dell and IBM showed the strongest year-on-year growth among the top five suppliers, with 38% and 17% respectively.
The smaller market for external disk storage systems saw a 3% fall in revenue year-on-year, IDC said.