51.1 million drives in Q1
has managed to outpace Seagate in hard drive
shipments and for the first time in three decades it has managed to
grab the top position in the storage industry.
Seagate vs. WD is one of the truly great IT rivalries and over the past
years and decades both outfits have had their fair share of ups and
downs. However, Western Digital seems to have the upper hand in most
market segments at the moment and Q1 sales clearly show that it is
pulling ahead of Seagate.
According to iSuppli, WD shipped 51.1 million units in Q1, while
Seagate managed 50.3 million. WD thus finished the quarter with a 31.3
percent market share, while Seagete trailed with 30.9 percent. Hitachi
is also doing well. It's share rose 13.9 percent and it grabbed 17.6
percent of the market, while Toshiba/Fujitsu and Samsung account for
10.7 and 9.5 percent respectively.