Press Release:

HP Continues No. 1 Position in Worldwide Total Disk Storage Systems

Fourth quarter 2004 HP StorageWorks growth driven by increased networked storage shipments and revenue
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 4, 2005

HP closed out 2004 as the leader in worldwide total disk storage systems factory revenue for the 11th consecutive quarter.

HP led the market with 24.2 percent market share and revenue growth of 19.8 percent quarter over quarter according to market data released today by IDC.(1)

In the open SAN (storage area network) market, HP closed the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004 with 27.5 percent market share. HP also holds the No. 1 market position in total open SAN unit shipments for the quarter. During the last three months of 2004, HP shipped more SAN units than the next two competitors combined, reflecting HP's focus on increasing the accessibility of SANs for small and mid-size business customers.

HP outpaced market growth in the emerging NAS (networked-attached storage) market. IDC reported that HP grew full calendar year 2004 NAS revenue by 46 percent.

"HP continues to make steady progress in a challenging market," said Bob Schultz, senior vice president and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP. "We finished 2004 shipping nearly 30 percent of SAN units, underscoring our ability to tap the growth markets of networked storage."

During the fourth quarter of calendar year 2004, HP delivered new and enhanced products and solutions to further strengthen its market leadership position including:

  • HP became the first vendor to ship more than 100,000 disk arrays in SAN environments.

  • HP OpenView Data Protector version 5.5 - delivering more than 200 new features to automate high-performance backup and recovery for comprehensive and cost-effective data management across tiers of storage technologies.

  • HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500 cs - offering industry-first support for concurrent attachment of both SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA) disk enclosures behind a single controller shelf.

  • HP StorageWorks Ultrium 960 Tape Drive - based on third-generation Linear Tape-Open tape drive technology and providing industry-first Ultrium-based write-once read-many (WORM) capability.

  • Entry-level HP StorageWorks Optical 700ux and 1100ux Jukeboxes - providing small and mid-size business customers with long-term, archival storage of electronic records and data for cost-effective regulatory compliance.

  • HP iSCSI Feature Pack - allowing customers to leverage existing investments in Ethernet to migrate to networked storage, making HP among the first NAS vendors using Windows® to offer iSCSI functionality.

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(1) Source: IDC "Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker," March 2005.

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