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EMC retained its position as market share
leader in the storage software space with a 22.4 percent revenue share in the
second quarter, in spite of a steep decline of 9.8 percent in overall revenues
for the sector year over year.

However, while the overall market continued its decline, certain sectors such
as replication enjoyed growth. That’s according to the most recent storage
software report from IDC.

"The storage software market is slowly starting to recover with positive
growth over the first quarter of 2009," says Michael Margossian, research
analyst for storage software at IDC, in a
prepared statement. "While only two out of the top five vendors
experienced growth over the previous quarter, the replication market grew 5
percent compared to 1Q09 led by NetApp, which has been refocusing its efforts
and grew 20 percent from the previous quarter."

Behind EMC in terms of market share,
Symantec came in second at 18.5 percent revenue share, followed by IBM
with 11.5 percent revenue share. NetApp came in fourth with 8.5 percent revenue
share, followed by CA with 4.1 percent revenue share.

IDC says that the second quarter followed
the normal sequential pattern this year, with growth over the first quarter.

"The data protection and recovery market had a sequential growth rate of
nearly 3 percent, and the top three vendors in this market—Symantec, IBM
and EMC—all had positive growth,” notes Noemi
Greyzdorf, research manager for storage software. “In addition, the device
management and archiving software markets each managed positive gains over the
first quarter."