Year-over-year numbers show 3.3 percent growth in the storage software market, while quarter-to-quarter results indicate a 2.3 percent revenue decrease, IDC says.
Industry analyst IDC reported Sept. 7
that the worldwide storage software sector enjoyed a small revenue gain
year-over-year in the second quarter of 2010 but also that market numbers
dropped a bit from the first quarter.
In its quarterly Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker report, IDC
said the storage software market banked revenues of nearly $3 billion,
amounting to 3.3 percent growth over the same quarter a year ago.
However, the research also showed a 2.3 percent revenue decrease from the
previous three months.
IDC said most of the annual revenue gain
came from the companies that claimed the three biggest shares of the market-not
from the smaller companies and startups.
"Gains in the storage software market in the second quarter were largely
the result of overall growth from some of the large suppliers," said Laura
DuBois, IDC's program vice president of
storage software. "The growth for the quarter came from EMC
(up 13.3 percent year over year), IBM (up
10.6 percent) and NetApp (up 6.0 percent)."
From a segment perspective, DuBois said, growth is emanating from spending in
four segments of storage software: data protection and recovery (up 4.9 percent
year over year), archiving (up 8.2 percent), storage management (up 5.8
percent), and storage infrastructure (up 12.7 percent).
The storage software revenue growth compared favorably with worldwide
external disk storage systems factory revenues,
which posted year-over-year
growth of 20.4 percent and totaled $5 billion in the second quarter of 2010,