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IDC report: EMC software revenues slip

Despite a series of acquisitions meant to bolster the company's new focus on software, EMC's software revenues have slipped -- even as the worldwide market has grown, IDC says.

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IDC report: EMC falling behind in software
While the worldwide market for storage software grew to $2.5 billion, up 8.6% from last year, software revenue at EMC Corp. has been falling since 2004, according to a recent report by analyst firm IDC. The most recent figures show EMC software revenues dropping 3.2% from last year. Though EMC still has the largest share of the market (26.4 %), with storage software sales of $654 million, its share in the second quarter of 2005 was 29.6%.

"I think they've spread themselves too thin," said Rhoda Phillips, research manager for IDC's storage software group. Phillips said that at least part of the profit decline could be attributed to EMC's well-publicized Symmetrix shipping snafu earlier this year, which would affect array-based software products, such as replication. In general, Phillips said, EMC is in "a tough situation" trying to assimilate all of its recent acquisitions, but still, "We'd like to see more signs of improvement."

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EMC acknowledged revenue from storage software was lower than expected during this period due to inventory management issues related to customers' transition to its latest storage systems. The company also argues that IDC does not include some of its newer, faster growing segments, such as Documentum Archive Services for email or EMC Smarts resource management software, in its report.

Sun buffs up StorageTek VTL
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced the StorageTek VTL (virtual tape library) Plus appliance, the same original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of FalconStor Software Inc. as in the past, but based on the Sun Fire server platform and the Solaris operating system. The VTL Plus product also incorporates the latest version of FalconStor code. In making this announcement Sun reconfirmed that the StorageTek VSMOpen project is totally dead but promised to add more new features to the FalconStor product in the next few months.

NetApp offers data assessment service
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced a new data assessment service. The new service takes inventory of a customer's unstructured data and builds a metadata database around it that can be used for policy-based management.

Dot Hill announces OEM partnership with OnStor
Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that OnStor Inc. will deploy Dot Hill's latest RAID storage systems in its newly announced OnStor Pantera clustered network attached storage (NAS) product line.

EqualLogic adds SAS
EqualLogic Inc. announced the PS3000 Series storage arrays with serial attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives. The announcement was originally slated to be a part of EqualLogic's announcement of Version 3.0 of its firmware, but the product got held up in testing. EqualLogic had, before this announcement, offered only SATA drives. The PS3000 Series includes two new SAS-based storage arrays: the PS3800XV with 15,000 rpm, 146 GB drives offering 2.4 terabytes (TB) of storage; and the PS3600X with 10,000 rpm, 300 GB drives and 4.8 TB of capacity. Both models in the PS3000 Series have a list price of $65,000 and will be available in October.

Asigra adds CDP
Asigra Inc. announced that its Televaulting software will add agentless continuous data protection (CDP). The product, aimed at remote and branch offices, will support Windows, Linux and Exchange environments.

Asempra supports Exchange
Asempra Technologies announced version 2.0 of its Business Continuity Server CDP box. The product, which previously only supported Windows-based files, will now also back up data from Exchange.

Softek announces Unix-based data migration software
Softek Storage Solutions Corp. announced a Version 3.0 of its data migration software for Unix environments. Version 3.0 allows logical disk volumes to be segmented into multiple regions during migration, which makes for a faster process and will do detection of physical errors on migration targets. Also new is an extension to the Common Console feature of Softek's distance data migration software to the local version.

Xiotech subsidiary updates discovery review service
Daticon, a subsidiary of Xiotech Corp., announced the release of Virtual Partner 8, a hosted service that gives customers access to its e-discovery and paper conversion data through a Web portal. The new release provides simplified search, retrieval, review and production, the review of native or image file formats and immediate availability of Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)-based files for redaction and annotation.

Concentia Digital, Plasmon announce archive platform
Enterprise content management (ECM) software vendor Concentia Digital Inc. and optical disk maker Plasmon announced the Enterprise Content Management Archive Platform, which combines the Concentia Multi-Media Archive Solution (MAS) platform with Plasmon's Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Archive Appliance.

Xyratex qualifies Seagate 4 Gbps Fibre Channel disk
Xyratex Ltd. announced that it has qualified the new Seagate 300 GB Cheetah 15K 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) disk drive. The drive has been integrated into Xyratex's RS-1600-F4-SBD 4 Gbps FC SBOD system and is also qualified in all Xyratex's legacy FC RAID, SBOD and JBOD products.

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