Samsung Electronics Ranked No. 1 in Enterprise SSD Market

on 13-10-2016
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Industry analysts note Samsung leadership in enterprise SSD


Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, is now ranked as the world’s number one supplier of enterprise solid state drives (SSDs) used in corporate data centres.

The Independent Development Corporation (IDC*) report, Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update Calendar Year (CY) 1Q16, shows that Samsung rose to the leader position in Enterprise Solid State Drive (SSD) sales in Q1 of this year, with Samsung reaching 32% compared to the next organisation in second place with 17%.

“This indicates a sharp upswing in Enterprise SSD sales from Q4, 2015 when Samsung was in a virtual dead heat with its closest competitor with a market share of around 22%. Samsung is playing a key role in leading the movement to SSDs in the enterprise market,” says Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa.

Analyst firm Forward Insights** showed a slightly larger market share for Samsung, reporting that in the first quarter of 2016, Samsung easily led the enterprise SSD market with a 34% share, well above the 19% share of the nearest competitor. This figure shows a 9% growth for Samsung, from 25%, compared against Enterprise SSD market share in Q4 of 2015.

Other industry analysts reported similar or higher market growth for Samsung, in showing it moving into the market share leadership position for enterprise SSDs. For one, TrendFocus*** charted Samsung with a 45% leadership position in Enterprise SSD market share for the first quarter of this year, rising from a second place finish with 26% share in the fourth quarter of last year.

“For Samsung, memory in the enterprise market is a priority, so it comes as no surprise that we have now become the front-runner in supplying SSDs to enterprises after years of holding the top position in the client market,” continues van Lier.

He notes that Samsung’s No. 1 position in Enterprise SSDs has been as a result of market leading advances in flash density, performance and continued success with the 3D V-NAND manufacturing as well as state-of-the-art controllers.

“Showing rapid market growth in storage support for data centres worldwide, Samsung currently has more than 18 SSD families in the enterprise, with a total of over 100 different product variations,” concludes van Lier.

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* IDC provides global, regional and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide with more than 1,100 analysts. IDC market share numbers are based on revenue.
** Forward Insights provides independent market intelligence and global consulting and information services focusing on semiconductor memories, emerging memory technologies and solid state storage. Forward Insights market share numbers are based on revenue.
*** TrendFocus is a leading market research and consulting firm for the data storage industry providing detailed analysis of the entire industry supply chain. TrendFocus market share numbers are based on units shipped.

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