Storage Software Market Holds onto a Small Increase Sequentially in a Tough Third Quarter, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – December 7, 2009 – According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market experienced another decline in year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2009 (3Q09) with revenues of $2.87 billion, representing –7.9% growth over the same quarter one year ago, but a 1.2% growth from the previous quarter (2Q09).

“The storage software market was barely able to maintain a positive sequential growth rate in the third quarter of 2009,” said Michael Margossian, research analyst, Storage Software at IDC. “For the second quarter in a row, only two of the top 5 vendors displayed a positive growth over the previous quarter. EMC and IBM displayed positive growth rates of 5.7%, and 6.9% respectively, while Symantec, NetApp, and CA each had negative growth rates from the previous quarter of –2.1%, –8.9%, and –3% respectively.”

“In the third quarter we saw EMC regain the top spot in the replication market, with 10.7% growth over 2Q09, while NetApp declined 10.1%. Last quarter NetApp made a big push for their fiscal year end, which for the first time made them the market leader, but NetApp has fallen back to second position with 29.5% market share, where EMC has a 32.5% share,” added Margossian. “Two out of the top three vendors in the data protection and recovery market grew sequentially (IBM and EMC) while the leader Symantec declined at 1.2%. Symantec is still the market leader with 31.1% market share, and IBM and EMC having 14.1% and 12.8% market share respectively.”

EMC led the overall market with 23.4% revenue share in the third quarter of 2009. Symantec held onto the second position with 17.8% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 12.2% revenue share. NetApp finished in the fourth position with 7.6% revenue share while CA rounded out the top 5 with 3.9 revenue share.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Storage Software Revenue, Third

Quarter of 2009

(Revenues are in Millions)

Vendor 3Q09Revenue 3Q09MarketShare 3Q08Revenue 3Q08MarketShare 3Q09/3Q08RevenueGrowth

1. EMC $674 23.4% $758 24.3% –11.1%

2. Symantec $513 17.8% $547 17.5% –6.1%

3. IBM $351 12.2% $401 12.8% –12.5%

4. NetApp $220 7.6% $261 8.4% -15.7%

5. CA $113 3.9% $124 4.0% –9.7%

Others $1,005 34.9% $1,032 33.0% –2.6%

All Vendors $2,877 100.0% $3,123 100.0% –7.9%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, December 2009.

Notes: Starting in Q2 2007, IBM is reported as the combined entity of IBM and Softek.

Taxonomy Note: IDC has updated its storage software taxonomy to reflect changes in the market over the last several years. The storage software taxonomy includes eight functional markets: data protection and recovery, archiving (including email archiving), storage replication, storage management, storage device management, storage infrastructure, file system, and "other".

IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker is a quantitative tool for analyzing the global storage software market. This Tracker counts new license and maintenance revenues quarterly and provides data segmentations by vendor, submarket, functional product family, and region.

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