The worldwide storage management software market reported its first annual decline last year, industry analysts said yesterday.
The market generated licence revenues of $4.7bn (£2.9bn) in 2002, representing a 6 per cent decline compared with 2001, according to analyst group Gartner.
"Only three of the top 10 vendors were able to grow software revenue in a very challenging year," said Carolyn DiCenzo, vice president for Gartner's storage group.
The analyst company indicated that EMC, with a market share of 25.6 per cent, remained the number one storage management software vendor in 2002, while its nearest rival, Veritas Software, accounted for 18.6 per cent.
But Gartner added that, if the $1.5bn in array- and switch-based software was excluded from the figures, Veritas would be in the lead and EMC would fall to the number three slot, behind IBM.
The combined company created from Hewlett Packard's (HP) buy-out of Compaq moved into the fourth slot, up from the number five position earned by Compaq in 2001.
The research also showed that Hitachi/Hitachi Data Systems, which sells its storage array software directly as well as through HP and Sun Microsystems, saw 77 per cent sales growth in 2002.
"The depressed economy, resulting in tight spending and pressure on product pricing, has finally taken its toll on the storage software market," DiCenzo said.
"Infrastructure and data management software will remain under pressure as long as server and array sales are depressed. Device and storage resource management tools continue to report growth."
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