Fueled by an 84% growth in revenues last year, EMC has become the top vendor of storage management software, according to Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose. EMC's software license revenue was $763.5 million in 1999, compared to $416.1 million in 1998. The growth is attributed predominantly to sales of Symmetrix Manager, VolumeLogix, and PowerPath software.
IBM/Tivoli dropped to the #2 spot, with a 17.3% market share, and CA came in third with a 16.4% share. Rounding out the top five were Veritas Software (12.1%) and BMC Software (5.6%).
Dataquest analyst Carolyn DiCenzo predicts further consolidation in the storage management software market. However, she sees opportunities for smaller vendors in the storage infrastructure, storage resource management and hierarchical storage management categories.
In unrelated news, EMC last month announced an alliance with Cisco Systems and Oracle to jointly develop and market high-availability Internet infrastructure and e-business solutions. EMC's part of the deal involves its Symmetrix RAID arrays and software such as Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) and TimeFinder.