back to article IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …

  1. present_arms

    possible oops?

    "In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter..."

    Is that an mistake, as we're not even a twelfth of the way in to 2016 :D


  2. qzdave

    Why storage?

    Why the big focus on storage from El Reg? Lots of highlights and lowlights in the results that are all more interesting.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's The Impact of Not Renewing the NetApp OEM Agreement?

    Wonder how much of the drop is attributable to discontinuing the N-Series? If considered maybe the drop isn't that bad for the 8xxx and XIV kit.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What's The Impact of Not Renewing the NetApp OEM Agreement?

      That ship sailed long ago :-

      Both IBM & Netapp are down :-

  4. mdubash

    It would be instructive to compare those IBM revenues with those of EMC, HP, and/or NetApp to give context. Is IBM doing worse than the others?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes, here you go

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No one is really doing well. HP was up last quarter, the only major storage provider that was up, but that was probably more of an anomaly than anything else. It is just a rough world in storage. The prices have been falling through the floor for the last few years... and there are about half a dozen start ups (Pure, Tintri, Nimble, Tegile, Nutanix, Infinidat) which are gaining share on the five major players (EMC, IBM, HP, HDS and NetApp)... and the cloud (meaning AWS and Azure) are growing rapidly... and VMware/Microsoft are advocating server side storage architectures. Other than that, a great place to be.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Been This Way For Years

    Generally speaking, no one bought IBM storage unless they were an IBM shop (mainframe, unix servers, large bladecenter shops, etc.). That there are increasingly fewer IBM hardware shops around due to IBM getting out of the x86 server business, Unix-> Windows/Linux migrations, etc. ipso facto fewer storage sales.

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