In the enterprise solid state drive (SSD) market, Samsung Electronics placed second to Intel in the first quarter of this year.
According to market researcher DRAM Exchange on May 26, Intel's enterprise SSD market share in the first quarter rose to 40%. Samsung Electronics ranked second with a 25% market share.
Samsung is the crushing number-one leader in the personal SSD market, but it is chasing Intel in the enterprise SSD market which Samsung entered late. Samsung Electronics has 3D V (vertical structure) NAND flash technology. Intel, which has lagged behind in the development of 3D NAND technology, is evaluated to have weak price competitiveness as its technology is based on old memory manufacturing technology.
"Intel was able to climb to No. 1 in the first quarter thanks to strategies such s price cuts and server supplement," DRAM Exchange said. Third place was taken by Western Digital, which aims to take off in the SSD market by acquiring SanDisk, a leader in the memory sector last year. Except for the top three companies, other companies’ combined market share was less than 5%.
A spike in the consumption of big data and contents with the expansion of big data and cloud services is fueling demand for SSDs for enterprises.
"Demand for enterprise SSDs is on a sharp rise as the US, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and China's Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent provide services through data center networks," DRAM Exchange said. “The enterprise SSD market will steadily grow in the second quarter as well.”