The storage software market recorded its fifth successive quarter of year-on-year growth at the end of 2010 with all five of the top-ranked players increasing sales during the quarter, according to estimates published on Monday.
The storage software market was worth US$3.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, a jump of 10.6 per cent from the same period in 2009, IDC said.
The largest single vendor was EMC, which notched up storage software revenue of $866 million, up 18 per cent from a year earlier. Symantec ranked second but achieved just 0.1 per cent growth, at $543 million.
Symantec’s inability to increase its sales enabled IBM to close the gap on its rival, but the two companies remain separated by a wide margin. IBM came in third at $443 million. NetApp followed in fourth place at $312 million and Hitachi was ranked fifth at $148 million. Hitachi achieved the strongest growth of the top five companies, managing to increase sales 47 per cent in the quarter, said IDC.
The storage software market has been growing since late 2009. For the full year of 2010, the market expanded by 10.3 per cent to $12.7 billion and reversed a 3.2 per cent contraction in 2009, said IDC.
“The storage software market is in the midst of a sustained recovery, which is partly driven by new product innovations, and partly by a strong desire to address inefficiencies related to storing, protecting, and managing corporate data,” said Eric Sheppard, research director with IDC’s Storage Software program, in a statement.
Within the segment, storage infrastructure software recorded the strongest growth at 23.6 per cent last year. The data protection and recovery market remains the largest single sector. It was worth $4.4 billion last year, accounting for more than a third of the entire software storage industry, said IDC.
“A considerable increase in storage software designed to enable automated storage tiering, coupled with a continued market trend of addressing aging, inefficient storage deployments were two important drivers of market growth during the quarter,” said Sheppard.