Storage replication made the largest gain with 16.8 percent year-on-year growth, while the back-up and archiving markets increased by 12.7 percent.
This growth was due to the increasing demand for information protection, recovery, and retrieval, the greater prevalence of remote working, and the need for compliance to regulations, IDC said.
"We see strong demand in the backup, archive and replication segments driven by fundamental user requirements to protect, recover, and retrieve information, not only in the data centre but also in remote and branch office locations," said Laura DuBois, research director for storage software at IDC, in a statement. "This demand is in response to drivers such as application availability and business continuance, disaster recovery, and regulatory compliance."
EMC led the overall market in Q3 with $621m (£354m) revenue, and a 29.1 percent revenue share. Symantec, which has recently acquired Veritas, took second position with $427m (£243m) revenue, and a 20.0 percent revenue share. IBM finished in third position with $201m (£114m), and a 9.4 percent revenue share, "posting a strong result of 12.5 percent year-on-year growth," said IDC.
Network Appliance and HP were tied at 6.9 percent and 6.7 percent revenue share respectively. Among the top five vendors, Network Appliance had the strongest year-on-year growth at 42.5 percent.