Enterprise storage continues to rise

Third quarter revenues for the Canadian Enterprise Storage continue to grow at a healthy pace. Total revenues were up 15 per cent compared to Q3-03. Networked storage products continue to lead the gains. NAS revenues were up 42 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, and SAN revenues were up

30 per cent for the same period.

Networked storage accounted for 59 per cent of external storage product revenues in the third quarter, steady from last quarter.

Canadian White Box Made in Canada

Total shipments in the PC market were up slightly in the third quarterof 2004 over the same period in 2003. Vendors shipped an estimated1,057,800 units of desktop, notebook and server PCs. Adoptionof mobile computing products continued to grow, as notebook PC unitvolume accounted for 26 per cent of the market, up three per cent from second quarter of 2004.

Canadian Copier/MFP Market

Growth areas in the third quarter included business multifunctionmachines and single function copiers, as well as SOHO products. The fax-basedlaser MFP market has been in a steady slide for a year now, because of the increasing popularity of flatbed SOHO products and the decreasing reliance on fax technology.

The business multifunction market posted a handsome recovery in Q3, growing 22 per cent. Shipments increased from 10,728 units to 13,067 units. Xerox was first in vendor rankings, followed by Canon. Sharp nudged its way into third place for the first time since this study was begun, thanks to exceptionally strong third quarter results.

Canadian Printer

The huge spike in printer shipments in 2003 driven by photo printers and inkjet MFPs appears to have receded. Evans Research had expected thetrend to remain intact for a few years, albeit with much lower growth rates that were recorded in that year. The printer market had been experiencing single-digit growth rates for a number of years until the 20 per cent growth anomaly in 2003. It may simply be that the consumers of these products will replace the units they purchased in 2003 in 2004 and 2005 and me may experience a spike again. Or perhaps, we will see the colour laser market explode because of sub-$500 products and maybe even sub-$500 colour laser-based MFP units. These products would likely drive another huge spike such as that experienced in 2003.

Small, Medium and Enterprise Business Report 2004

Evans Research Corporation (ERC) is pleased to announce the release of its annual report on the Canadian SMB and Enterprise market. Traditionally known as the SMB report, the title was changed this year to reflect the inclusion of enterprise-size (500 employees or more) companies in the study.

The report is based on a random survey of 625 Canadian companies with 10 employees or more. It includes an extensive demographic analysis, with breakdowns by company size and region. Trending with last year’s results is also given.

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