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Data storage news: IDC says storage software sales slip

Ashley Dean, Contributor

Storage software revenue declined year-over-year for the first time in more than five years in the first quarter, according to IDC's quarterly Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker.

"The storage software market had its first year-over-year decline in more than five years," said Michael Margossian, research analyst, storage software at Framingham, Mass.-based IDC. "The combination of the normally slow first quarter for most companies with the continued economic climate was displayed in this quarter's results. A majority of companies displayed either negative or very low year-over-year growth."

IDC said the device management,

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replication and infrastructure categories had the biggest declines. Symantec Corp. was the only vendor to grow revenue year-over-year, increasing 2.5%. Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 21.5% drop was the biggest fall, while market leader EMC Corp. slipped 14.5%.

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