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Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals

Pipsqueak growth registered

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Storage, 18th December 2013 08:31 GMT

IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management.

The data comes from IDC's Worldwide Storage Software QView, from which IDC releases headline info. If you want any more detail, like data segmentations by vendor, submarket, functional product family, and region, then you have to subscribe to the IDC service.

The headline news was that the storage software market increased in value by 1.5 per cent, to $3.47bn, from the third 2012 quarter to the 2013 equivalent quarter. The top three suppliers in revenue share terms were:

IBM gained share, while = the other two lost some.

The top four segments were:

IDC research beanie Jingwen Li said: "Investments in storage replication software have fallen throughout the year as suppliers have increasingly bundled this capability within larger competitive deals."

It looks like the only way Symantec can overtake IBM and start catching up on EMC is by acquisition – buying CommVault and Veeam for example.

It is possible that fourth quarter 2013 storage software sales is worse than usual because of the US government sequester effect. ®