High Performance Computing Market Slides, Storage Software Rises
EMC, IBM, and Symantec were the top ranking storage software vendors with 25.2 percent, 15.1 percent, and 14 percent share of the total market.The worldwide storage software market increased 1.5 percent during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter of 2012, with revenue during the quarter totaling $3.47 billion, according to a report from IT research firm IDC. In a concurrent report, the firm found worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market declined sharply to $2.5 billion in the third quarter of 2013, down from a robust $3.4 billion in the same period of 2012. EMC, IBM, and Symantec were the top ranking storage software vendors with 25.2 percent, 15.1 percent, and 14 percent share of the total market. Among the storage software market segments, data protection and recovery sales were up 5.3 percent year over year to $1.32 billion in revenues. "Data protection and recovery software and storage & device management software were the two major sources of growth this quarter," Jingwen Li, research analyst with IDC's storage team, said in a statement. "Also of note is the fact that investments in storage replication software have fallen throughout the year as suppliers have increasingly bundled this capability within larger competitive deals."
Storage and device management software was up 3.7 percent year over year to $672 million. Meanwhile, storage replication software sales fell 3.6 percent year over year to $660 million. Finally, archiving sales were up 1.2 percent year over year, with $336 million in revenue for the quarter.