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Storage system sales surged 19 percent in the third quarter to total about $5.2 billion, according to IDC. That tally is the fourth highest recorded since IDC has been tracking sales.

The standings
look similar to last quarter. EMC has the lead in external storage systems followed by IBM. NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) and HP (NYSE:HPQ) are in a statistical tie for third place. NetApp, however, is growing at the fastest clip of the bunch.

Here’s a look at the standings for external storage:

And the standings for total storage systems including controllers, cables and adapters.

Source: Storage Wars: EMC Remains Top Dog, But NetApp Posts Blistering Growth

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