Storage Software Market Numbers Improve Slightly in Q3, IDC Reports

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-12-07 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EMC, which led the external disk hardware market in the third quarter by a 2-to-1 ratio over No. 2 IBM, also led the overall storage software market with 23.4 percent revenue share in the same period, according to IDC. Symantec, with its Veritas storage software brand, claimed second position with 17.8 percent revenue share, and IBM was in third position with 12.2 percent, the research company says.

IT researcher IDC reported Dec. 7 that the worldwide storage software market basically mirrored the storage hardware market by enduring another decline in year-over-year growth in the third quarter but showing sequential improvement over the second quarter.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker reported global revenues of $2.87 billion, down 8 percent over the same quarter one year ago, but up a slight 1.2 percent from the previous three-month period.

EMC, which led the external disk hardware market in the third quarter by a 2-to-1 ratio over No. 2 IBM, also led the overall storage software market with 23.4 percent revenue share in the same period.

Symantec, with its Veritas storage software brand, claimed second position with 17.8 percent revenue share, and IBM came in third with 12.2 percent.

NetApp was fourth with 7.6 percent revenue share, and CA was fifth with 3.9 percent. Hewlett-Packard was right behind in sixth place at 3.8 percent.

Symantec was way out in front, as it has been for years, in the data protection market space, with $298 million in revenue and 31 percent market share. IBM was a distant second with $135 million and 14 percent; EMC was third with $128 million and 12.8 percent of the market.

"For the second quarter in a row, only two of the top five vendors displayed a positive growth over the previous quarter," said IDC research analyst Michael Margossian. "EMC and IBM displayed positive growth rates of 5.7 percent and 6.9 percent respectively, while Symantec, NetApp and CA ... had negative growth rates from the previous quarter of -2.1 percent, -8.9 percent and -3 percent respectively."

 
 
 
 
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 Salesforce.com 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 DevX.com 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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