Storage Software Market Has Typical Fourth Quarter Jump, as Well as a Slight Increase from Last Year, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – March 8, 2010 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market experienced a slight increase in year-over-year growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 (4Q09) with revenues of $3.09 billion, representing 0.5% growth over the same quarter one year ago, as well as 6.3% growth from the previous quarter (3Q09).

"The storage software market was able to increase in typical fourth quarter fashion, with all top six vendors showing positive growth from the third quarter," said Michael Margossian, associate research analyst, Storage Software at IDC. "Data protection and recovery was once again a strong market with the top four vendors showing growth from a year ago. IBM had the strongest year-over-year growth with revenues up 19.3% from the fourth quarter of 2008, while EMC enjoyed the greatest gains over the third quarter – a 13.1% increase – with the help of strong hardware growth."

"Sequential and year-over-year growth has returned for storage software, suggesting the market has started to show signs of recovery, said Laura DuBois, research director, Storage Software. "Another sign that bodes well for the segment is that, as storage consumes larger portions of IT budgets, driven by the exponential growth of data, the need for storage management and efficiency increases. Into 2010, storage capital investments are aimed at making more efficient and reliable use of data, data storage, and data management resources."

EMC led the overall market with 23.7% revenue share in the fourth quarter of 2009. Symantec held onto the second position with 17.5% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 13.2% revenue share. NetApp finished in the fourth position with 7.9% revenue share while HP and CA rounded out the top 5 with a statistical tie with 3.9% and 3.8% revenue share respectively.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Storage Software Revenue, Fourth

Quarter of 2009

                               

(Revenues are in Millions)

Vendor         4Q09Revenue       4Q09MarketShare       4Q08Revenue       4Q08MarketShare       4Q09/4Q08RevenueGrowth

1. EMC         $734       23.7%       $787       25.6%       –6.7%

2. Symantec         $542       17.5%       $556       18.1%       –2.4%

3. IBM         $407       13.2%       $401       13.0%       1.6%

4. NetApp         $245       7.9%       $227       7.4%       7.9%

5. HP         $119       3.9%       $136       4.4%       –12.1%

5. CA $119 3.8% $111 3.6% 6.5%

Others $927 30.0% $861 28.0% 7.7%

All Vendors $3,094 100.0% $3,079 100.0% 0.5%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker,

March 2010.Notes: Starting in Q2 2007, IBM is

reported as the combined entity of IBM and Softek.

For the full year 2009, EMC led the overall market with 22.7% revenue share. Symantec held onto the second position with 17.9% revenue share, with IBM finishing in the third position with 13.5% revenue share. NetApp finished in the fourth position with 8% revenue share, along with CA rounding out the top five with 4% market share in 2009.

Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Storage Software Revenue, Full Year of

2009

                               

(Revenues are in Millions)

Vendor         2009Revenue       2009MarketShare       2008Revenue       2008MarketShare       2009/2008RevenueGrowth

1. EMC         $2,658       22.7%       $3,005       24.4%       -11.6%

2. Symantec         $2,104       17.9%       $2,211       18.0%       –4.8%

3. IBM         $1,580       13.5%       $1,572       12.8%       0.5%

4. NetApp         $940       8.0%       $973       7.9%       -3.4%

5. CA         $467       4.0%       $497       4.0%       –6.0%

Others $4,045 32.9% $3,976 33.9% 1.0%

All Vendors $11,725 100.0% $12,303 100.0% -4.7%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker,

March 2010.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.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, please contact Hoang Nguyen at 508-935-4718 or hnguyen@idc.com.

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