EMC tops storage software table

EMC climbed to the top of IDC’s storage software chart for 3Q03 with a two-point gain on 3Q02’s figure. The jump keeps the vendor ahead of Veritas.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 16, 2004

EMC climbed to the top of IDC’s storage software chart for 3Q03 with a two-point gain on 3Q02’s figure. The jump, thanks primarily to its acquisition of Legato, keeps the vendor ahead of Veritas, which managed 21.9% worldwide revenue share compared to EMC’s 31.7%. Behind the leading duo, Computer Associates edged out its competitors to take the third spot with 10.3% while HP and IBM took fourth and fifth place respectively. Among the top five vendors, HP posted the largest year-over-year percentage growth in the fourth quarter, with 28% growth. EMC and Veritas also grew faster than the overall storage software market at 25.7% and 21.3% growth, respectively. “Storage software spending accelerated during the fourth quarter… [as it] benefited from the wider adoption of more integrated software to manage complex networked storage environments, while the backup and replication markets were propelled by a combination of increased storage hardware spending and the need to support disaster recovery and regulatory compliance initiatives,” says Bill North, research director for storage software research at IDC. “IDC expects this growth to continue in 2004, with additional impetus from data lifecycle management solutions that help customers optimise the use of their storage assets and personnel,” he adds.

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