EMC extends lead

EMC's lead in the storage software market grows for the seventh quarter running.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  October 3, 2005

Storage firm EMC has announced it increased its share of the storage software market to more than 30% in the second quarter of this year. The company’s revenue from the market grew more than 13% over the quarter; EMC now has more than a 10-percentage-point lead over its nearest competitor in storage software. The figures come from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Storage Tracker survey. Mohammed Amin, regional manager of EMC Middle East , says, “EMC’s storage software is the glue that enables our customers, including the Middle East’s leading organizations, to reduce the cost and complexity associated with managing their often heterogeneous information management infrastructure. Software sits at the heart of EMC’s information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy, which is allowing regional businesses to manage their data cost-effectively from creation through to disposal. “Information replication, backup and archive software segments are among the fastest-growing segments of the market and where EMC Middle East anticipates the most growth in the next twelve months. EMC’s portfolio of information protection products continues to help our Middle East-based customers meet a wider range of recovery point and recovery time objectives.” IDC’s figures show EMC has extended its lead in storage resource management software, to almost 50% of the revenue share, replication software, to over 40%, and backup and archive software, to almost 17%. This is the seventh quarter in a row the company's lead has grown. The company’s share of the storage hardware market also remained solid; EMC says it maintained its lead in every major segment of the external disk storage market, and grew its lead in network attached storage to dominate 40% of that market.

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