The worldwide storage software market grew 10 percent year-on-year to
$2.1bn (£1.2bn) in the third quarter of 2005, making eight consecutive
quarters of double-digit year-on-year growth, research company IDC said
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.