The storage giant's mainstay Information Storage unit saw a slight Y/Y drop in product sales, as 66% growth in flash and scale-out storage sales failed to offset an 8% Y/Y drop for high-end storage, a mere 3% increase in mid-range and backup/recovery hardware, and a 6% drop for other storage products.
EMC's numbers follow a Q2 for which IDC estimated total disk storage systems sales fell 5% Y/Y, and external disk storage sales dropped 0.8%. EMC was assigned a 24.2% share of the former market (+170 bps Y/Y), and a 31.3% share of the latter (+90 bps).
EMC blames its Q3 issues on U.S. federal demand; the company isn't alone in seeing federal weakness. However, both server and storage hardware sales have been pressured by the adoption of commodity/white-label hardware (generally using cheaper hard drives) by Internet giants and cloud infrastructure providers such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.