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Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008

Storage software sales still brisk

the tough economy doesn't appear to be dampening the demand for storage software. The worldwide market cracked the $3 billion milestone for the first time in a single quarter during this year's April-to-June stretch, according to recent research from Framingham, MA-based IDC. "Going over $3 billion is a nontrivial event and an indication of how important storage software is to the various tools that people have at their disposal," says James Baker, a storage software research manager at IDC. The $3.1 billion second quarter marked a 6% increase over the first quarter and an impressive 14% jump over the same timeframe a year ago. It also signaled the 19th consecutive quarter of growth, comparing revenue totals for the same quarters on a year-to-year basis. EMC continued to outpace all rivals, banking $745 million in the second quarter for a 24% share of the market. Symantec made headway at No. 2, with $588 million for a 19% share--and nearly 27% over its Q2 2007 revenue. Rounding out the leaders were IBM, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard ...

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  • Economy down, salaries up

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Our sixth annual Storage Salary Survey shows storage salaries are rising overall, and climbing even higher as the number of terabytes managed increases. Experienced storage pros remain in demand but many respondents say that heavier workloads, smaller staffs, longer hours and tighter budgets are all contributing to stress and making the job of managing storage even tougher.

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