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Worldwide Storage Software Market Starts the Year on Solid Ground, Growing 23% in First Quarter of 2004, IDC Says
[June 14, 2004]

Worldwide Storage Software Market Starts the Year on Solid Ground, Growing 23% in First Quarter of 2004, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- June 14, 2004 -- According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 23.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2004, reaching $1.85 billion in total revenue and representing two quarters of consecutive year-over-year growth. Sequential growth over the fourth quarter of 2003 was flat.

"Companies demand increasingly reliable, available, and efficient storage infrastructures," said John McArthur, group vice president at IDC. "With continued constraints on staff, data centers are leveraging storage software to achieve their goals. The growth that we are seeing in this already substantial market is testimony to the pivotal role that storage software plays in corporate IT."

Continuing the momentum from 2003, all of the major storage software segments posted double-digit revenue growth in the first quarter of 2004 when compared to the same quarter in 2003. The storage resource management market posted the largest gain at 32.3% year-over-year growth while the back-up and archive software market continued to represent the biggest market segment, growing 22.0% year-over-year. The storage replication software and file system software markets also enjoyed strong results in the first quarter with 18.1% and 12.4% year-over-year growth, respectively.

"Storage software overcame seasonal spending patterns during the first quarter, strengthening our expectation of continued growth during the remainder of 2004," said Bill North, research director for Storage Software. "Year-over-year growth was particularly strong in storage resource management, driven by the adoption of software that helps increase operational efficiency and improve storage asset utilization. The data protection markets showed continued strength as well, supporting the increasing requirements for disaster recovery and regulatory compliance capabilities."

Although each of the top 5 vendors posted double-digit year-over-year growth, EMC, Computer Associates, and VERITAS performed better than the overall market in the quarter. EMC (the combined results of EMC and Legato) led the overall market this quarter with 30.1% revenue share, gaining 2.7 points when compared with the first quarter of 2003. VERITAS maintained its second position with 22.8% revenue share followed by Computer Associates with 9.5% share. -0- *T Top 5 Vendors, Worldwide Storage Software Revenue, First Quarter of 2004 (Revenues are in Millions) 1Q04 Market 1Q03 Market Revenue Vendor Revenue Share Revenue Share Growth 1Q04/1Q03 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- EMC(a) $556 30.1% $411 27.4% 35.4% VERITAS $421 22.8% $340 22.7% 23.7% Computer Associates $175 9.5% $139 9.3% 25.7% IBM $152 8.2% $125 8.3% 21.9% Hewlett-Packard $127 6.9% $109 7.3% 16.4% Others $417 22.5% $374 25.0% 11.3% All Vendors $1,848 100.0% $1,499 100.0% 23.3% Notes: (a) EMC figures reflect the combined results of EMC and Legato. Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, Q104 Taxonomy Note: IDC has updated our storage software taxonomy to include the file system software market. In previously published information, the file system software market was reported under the "Serverware" software market. *T

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker is a quantitative tool for analyzing the global storage software market. This Tracker counts new license and maintenance revenues quarterly and provides data segmentations by vendor, submarket, functional product family, and region. It further characterizes the storage resource management (SRM) and storage replication markets by the execution location of the software within the host, fabric, appliance or storage system.

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