Symantec Extends Market Leadership in Storage Software

Mon, 2009/04/06

Company’s growth in overall storage software outpaces competitors and market

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. – April 6, 2009 – Symantec Corp. today announced it expanded its leadership in the overall storage software market according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, March 2009, which also reported 15.1 percent year-over-year revenue growth in that market. This growth outpaces both the market and all competitors. The IDC results indicate that while other vendors either lost market share or made only a slight gain in 2008, Symantec captured 18.2 percent of the overall storage software market, up significantly from 2007.

Symantec also remains the market share leader in key IDC storage software categories:
•    Data protection and recovery software, with 33.8 percent revenue share in 2008 as calculated by IDC—nearly three times that of its the next-largest competitor.
•    Storage infrastructure software, with 28.3 percent revenue share in 2008—ahead of the leading storage software vendors.
•    File system software, with 51.6 percent IDC-calculated revenue share in 2008—more than five times that of the next-largest competitor.

In addition, Symantec ranked second in archiving software and has been steadily gaining market share from 2006 through 2008 while market share of leading archiving vendors decreased over the same period.

“Symantec’s expanded position as a leader in the storage software market attests to the performance of our broad portfolio of solutions and our commitment to serving the needs of customers,” said Kevin Isaac, regional director for Africa and Middle East, Symantec. “In 2008, while the economic environment became more challenging, customers continued to turn to Symantec to help them optimise their storage infrastructure and reduce their investments in storage hardware through increased utilisation of existing assets.”

Symantec delivers a comprehensive family of storage products that enable companies to ensure the availability of their business-critical data. With Symantec storage management solutions, businesses can standardise and automate the management of heterogeneous storage platforms to maximise storage utilisation, increase IT responsiveness, and lower infrastructure and operational costs. Symantec data protection solutions enable businesses to prepare for and recover both data and systems in instances of equipment failure, accidental loss of data, or a disaster. With Symantec archiving tools, businesses can automate the retention and storage of email, files, instant messages, and other unstructured content in accordance with IT policies.

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Symantec Backup Exec and Veritas NetBackup are the market leading backup and recovery solutions, protecting more than 1.5 million customers, and Symantec Enterprise Vault is the world’s leading active archiving software. Together, these products help organisations protect information completely, store less, find information faster, manage data easily and recover any application or information.