Medicare-and-Medicaid-Spending-Growth-1024x768Enterprises finally started opening their pocketbooks for external storage systems in the final quarter of last year, but economic uncertainty and the appeal of public cloud services continue to hold back the market, according to research company Gartner.

Revenue from external controller-based storage, which includes both hard-drive and flash arrays but not components for unique platforms such as the Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google clouds, rose to US$6.3 billion worldwide in the fourth quarter. That was up 5 percent from a year earlier, but it came at the end of a dismal year for the industry, Gartner said.

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