Archiving and storage and device management pushed storage software revenue up 9.7% last quarter over the third quarter of 2010, according to IDC.
IDC said archiving software revenue grew 12.2% and storage and device management increased 11.3% over last year. Data protection and recovery software is still the most popular storage software, with 34.9% of the market. Backup software giants EMC and Symantec were the overall storage software leaders, with EMC generating $847 million and Symantec $530 million. EMC had a 24.5% share of the $3.46 billion market, followed by Symantec with 15.3%, IBM with 14%, NetApp with 8.8% and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) with 4.4%. HDS grew the most since last year with a 15.3% increase. EMC increased 10.3%, and the other three vendors in the top five lost market share. IBM grew 8.8% since last year, Symantec grew 2.2% and NetApp grew 0.3%.
Customers apparently feel more comfortable buying storage software from smaller vendors than they do buying storage systems. “Others” – those not in the top five – combine for $1.15 billion in storage software revenue last quarter. That was up 15.3% over last year and made up 33.2% of the market – more than any single vendor.
On the hardware side, external disk storage system revenue from “others” dropped 5.2% over last year, according to IDC’s report released last week. The others in hardware had only 18.5% of the market, well below leader EMC’s 28.6% share. Total storage system revenue increased 10.8%, slightly outgrowing the rate of storage software sales.