NetApp Moving Up in Storage Software Market

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2007-12-10 Print this article Print

The former "little file server company" is closing in on IBM's third place market position, according to IDC.

Network Appliance continues to improve its position behind longtime market leaders EMC, Symantec and IBM in the world storage software market, according to a Dec. 10 report from IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker.

NetApp, whose strategy is to convince enterprises that it is not simply a "good little file server maker but a full enterprise storage provider," according to CEO Dan Warmenhoven, grew its quarterly revenue a whopping 31.1 percent in the third quarter. That far out-performed quarterly growth by IBM (16.5 percent), Symantec (12.5 percent) and the market leader EMC (1.7 percent).

The storage hardware, software and services provider reported revenue of $302 million for the third quarter, which is good for 10.9 percent of the overall world market. That number is quickly closing in on IBM's 12.4 percent market share, which was based on $345 million in revenue.

In fact, NetApp has gained a full 1.5 percent of the market in the last 12 months.

EMC led the overall market with 25.6 percent revenue share in the third quarter of 2007. Symantec took the second position with 17.0 percent revenue share, while IBM finished in third with 12.4 percent.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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