Samsung Hits the Top Spot in Enterprise SSD Market

By WPG AmericasAugust 26, 2016

Samsung Electronics, globally recognized for industry-leading advanced memory technology, recently announced its worldwide leadership as the number one provider of enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs) for use in corporate datacenters.

According to data published in the IDC report - "Worldwide Solid State Storage Quarterly Update CY 1Q16" - Samsung left its closest competitor with 16.9 percent way behind, shooting up to the number-one position with a market share of  32.4 percent in Enterprise SSD for the opening quarter of 2016. The IDC research study also reflects a progressive upswing in Samsung's Enterprise SSD sales, which was at 22 percent during the Q4 time period of 2015. Overall, in 2015, Samsung had a share of 20.6 percent, reported IDC.

“Lately, Samsung’s role in leading the movement to SSDs in the enterprise market has been quite impressive," remarked Jeff Janukowicz, research vice president, SSDs and Enabling Technologies, IDC. "Samsung’s success in supporting all-flash systems has fueled its rise in enterprise storage thanks to a broad portfolio of SSDs, including offering the highest densities as well as SATA, SAS, and NVMe PCIe solutions,” he added.

Market analysts, and consultants for semiconductor and storage, Forward Insights, placed Samsung's SSD market lead for the first quarter of 2016 marginally ahead of IDC at 34 percent, compared to its nearest challenger, with a share of 19 percent. According to the analyst firm, Samsung finished with a market share of 25 percent at the end of Q4, 2015.

Founder, and principal analyst at Forward Insights, Greg Wong said, “Samsung has sharply increased its presence in the enterprise storage market as server and flash-array OEMs are seeking to take advantage of the company’s technological leadership, 3D manufacturing and fast, reliable product delivery.” “Samsung is expected to maintain its market position in 2016 and possibly beyond as it leverages its leading position in 3D NAND technology,” stated Wong.

TrendFocus, another leading Industry analyst and a close observer of the SSD market, illustrated almost similar reports like the others keeping Samsung ahead in the league, mapping the company's leadership in Enterprise SSDs at 45 percent for the starting quarter of 2016. The date shows a striking rise of 19 percent in comparison to the last quarter of 2015.

“Our securing the No. 1 position in enterprise SSDs has been supported by market-leading advances in flash density and performance, and continued success with our 3D V-NAND manufacturing and state-of-the-art controllers,” said Jim Elliott, corporate vice president, Memory Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor. “The enterprise market is a top Samsung memory focus, so it should come as no surprise that we have now also taken the lead in supplying SSDs to the enterprise, after years of leadership in the client market,” Jim added.

Charting speedy market growth in the SSD enterprise storage for datacenters, Samsung Electronics now has a commanding market control with an imposing portfolio of more than 18 SSDs, and over 100 various SKUs in its product family.

Samsung SSDs are configured to abide by enterprise specifications of JESD218, the global leader in open standards for the microelectronics industry. Samsung's increasingly growing role in enterprise SSD follows the company's legacy of unchallenged leadership in the client (PC) SSD segment for the past 6 years.

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