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Storage Clips: Storage software market surges

IDC reports that the storage software market grew 15% last quarter; IBM unveils new compliance service; Veritas adds storage management to Solaris 10.

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IDC: Storage software revenue up
The worldwide storage software market grew 15% year-over-year to 2.2 billion in the final quarter of 2004, according to market research firm IDC. For all of 2004, storage software revenue grew to $7.9 billion, an increase of 16.1% from 2003.

According to IDC's report, the storage resource management software market posted the biggest gain in Q4 of 2004 with 19.7% year-over-year growth. The storage replication software and file system software markets also had strong results in Q4 with 17.2% and 14.2% year-over-year growth, respectively. Although backup and archive software is the largest storage software market, it grew the least, with a 9.5% growth year-over-year.

EMC Corp. (the combined results of EMC and Legato) led the overall market with a 31.7% revenue share. Rival Veritas came in second with a 21.7% revenue share, growing 11.4% year-over-year. Computer Associates and IBM followed up with an 8.8% and 8.2% revenue share, respectively. HP rounded out the top five with 6.6% revenue share for the quarter. EMC and IBM posted the strongest quarterly results, with 25.1% and 16.7% year-over-year growth, respectively.

For the full year 2004, EMC also led the market with 30.9% revenue share, followed by Veritas which grew by 21.9%.

IBM unveils new compliance service
IBM announced new services designed to help businesses comply with federal regulations by storing, protecting and retrieving data in the event of a disaster or outage. IBM's Electronic Data Management Services use disk-based storage and retrieval systems for corporate data, replacing a company's current tape backup systems. The new service allows companies to backup and/or mirror information to IBM storage or recovery facility. The data remains online but off site for protection, restoration or recovery.

Veritas adds storage management to Solaris 10
Veritas Software Corp. extended its storage management software to include full support of Sun Microsystem's Solaris 10 operating system. As part of the integration, the 4.1 versions of Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server and Veritas Volume Replicator software will be included in Sun's Solaris 10 OS.

Intransa launches partner program
Intransa Inc. announced a new program for integrating its technology with hardware and software partners. The program has three tiers. The Intransa Ready program tier invites all partners to conduct joint lab testing for interoperability. The Intransa Proven program tier gives partners the opportunity to develop joint sales and marketing support. And finally, the Intransa Certified program tier provides a go-to-market plan between Intransa and the partner.

Amerivault reaches 500 customers
Data protection service provider Amerivault Corp. announced that it now has more than 500 customers, mainly in industries such as financial services, health care and legal. The company also reported that it is growing at an average growth rate of 40% per year. Amerivault's services include online data backup, e-mail archiving and data replication.

LeftHand announces customer advisory board
IP SAN vendor LeftHand Networks Inc. announced the formation of the LeftHand Networks Customer Advisory Board. The focus of the customer advisory board is to make sure LeftHand Networks' iSCSI SAN is closely aligned with the storage needs of its customers. The first event of the program will include presentations given by representatives of Microsoft and CommVault Systems.

Kazeon classifies data
Kazeon Systems Inc., a provider of unstructured information management software, announced its strategy to deliver products that will provide control of unstructured data, including shared files, e-mail and other nontransactional data. The core of the Kazeon platform is an advanced data classification system that creates an abstract for each file in the network. These abstracts are stored across Kazeon's distributed repository that scales to provide a uniform view of billions of objects and the information they contain. The company's first product is currently being tested and is expected to be generally available in mid-2005.

Swiss university picks StoreAge
StoreAge Networking Technologies announced that The Functional Genomics Center Zurich at the University of Zurich is using StoreAge's Storage Virtualization Manager to improve its SAN storage management. The deployment was led by ABC Systems, StoreAge's partner in Switzerland.

ScriptLogic refreshes data migration software
ScriptLogic Corp., a provider of network administration software for Windows-based networks, announced Secure Copy 4.0, the next version of the company's data migration software for data replication between Windows NT/2000/2003 servers without agents or scripts. Secure Copy 4.0 features user interface with a new multithreaded engine to improve the execution of copy jobs on large quantities of servers. The new version also provides IT administrators with the ability to request automatic retry of failed copy jobs.

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