NetApp (Nasdaq: NTAP) surged into third place in storage system sales while the entire tech sector reported a big jump from a year ago.

NetApp, which has a major operation in Research Triangle Park, sold $601 million in gear for the third quarter, according to research firm IDC. That total is a 54.9 percent increase from a year ago.

The surge lifted NetApp’s market share to 11.6 percent, up from 8.9 percent in 2009.

The overall sector increased sales by 19 percent to $5.2 billion, which is the fourth highest quarter on record, IDC reported Friday.

EMC (NYSE: EMC), which also has major operations in the Triangle, retained first place with 26.1 percent market share and $1.35 billion in sales. EMC grew its market share from 24.2 percent last year with a 28.3 percent jump in revenues.

IBM (NYSE: IBM), another big Triangle employer, also increased sales but lost a half point market share to 12.9 percent with revenues shipments worth $667 million. Sales were up 14.7 percent year-to-year.

HP (NYSE: HPQ) fell to fourth place at 11.1 percent market share, down from 11.9, and revenues of $575 million, an 11.3 percent dollar increase.

Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) dropped to fifth at 9.1 percent with $471 million in revenues. Sales were up more than 15 percent but market share fell three tenths of a point.

In total storage systems revenue, which includes controllers, cables and adapters, HP and EMC share the top spot at 19.5 and 19.4 percent respectively.

IBM was third at 14.8 percent, down from 16 percent.

For the IDC report, read here.

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