TOTAL Revenue PIE chart: Samsung 23.2% being the top dog is not a surprise, but Intel 14.7% in the number two spot is unexpected, particularly contrasting with Micron's 3.3% lowly position. Toshiba 9.2% is in third place, Fusion-io 5.8% is fourth, just ahead of SanDisk 5%, with OCZ 4% still doing well in sixth place. After that there is a long tail of vendors with the market overall being quite fragmented. (Google 3.7%, MU 3.3%,WD 3%, Liteon 2.9%, Netapp 2.7%, Stec 2.1%, Kingston 2%, Smart storage 1.6%)
Enterprise Market: Intel in the lead, followed by Fusion-io, then Samsung... and Google! Where did that one come from? After WD's 7.1 per cent the tailend suppliers end at OCZ with everyone else in the "Others" category.
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I am shocked and no way can Intel SSD Drives be # 2.... Intel's SSD drives are the worst Slow and Buggy anyone im the IT world knows not to buy Intel Drives. only thing worse than intel drive is Kingston's and good luck trying to get a rebate check from kingston for anything Kingston is a Total scam.. OCZ still has 590 mil is sales .
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It all matters how you slice the pie so to speak. If you just want to know how revenue for the whole SSD market shakes out then the top three players are:
1. Samsung 2. Intel 3. Toshiba
But for the most part this is a useless number.
If you want to know who is selling the most low margin products well the top three are:
1. Samsung 2. Toshiba 3. Intel
Now if you care about enterprise or the high margin products then the top three are:
1. Intel 2. Fusion 3. Samsung
The market that matters is not the high volume low margin business. That business will end being dominated for the near term by companies like Samsung, Intel, Toshiba along with newcomers Seagate/WD but will eventually get eaten up by the cloud and mobile. The business that matters and the one everyone cares about is the higher margin enterprise business because that is what data centers like Apple and the cloud are built on.
I think it has more to do with who the end user is and not necessarily the products themselves. But it could also be products they sell direct and don't market to the general public. No matter what products Intel is selling into the enterprise you can almost guarantee these customer require higher reliability and support so they will command a higher margin.