Western Europe Storage Software Market Shares, 2014: Software-Defined Storage Growth Outshines Other Segments
In 2014, the storage software market in Western Europe grew 5.8% in constant U.S dollars to reach the $4 billion mark in value. Growth in 2014 was stronger than 2013 when the market grew 4.4% to reach $3.8 billion. EMC retained the top market share ranking with 22.1% ($886.56 million). IBM, Symantec, NetApp, and HP also retained their rankings to complete the top 5 storage software vendors for 2014. Among the top 15 vendors in Western Europe, Veeam, ranked seventh, recorded the highest YoY growth (50.0%), while CA Technologies (now arcserve, ranked tenth) saw the biggest YoY fall (-34.2%). Global Relay, Lexmark, and Google were the top 3 fastest-growing storage software vendors in the market, although together they hold less than 1% of the total market share. The 2014 Western European storage software market was primarily driven by strong double-digit growth in the software-defined storage controller software (SDS-CS) segment. Although it still accounts for a tiny portion of the overall market size (4%), it outgrew all the other storage software categories by recording 14% YoY growth in 2014. Data protection and recovery software, which grew 7%, continues to hold the majority of the market share (37%) of the total storage software market in Europe."Overall, the Western European storage software market delivered healthy 5.8% growth to reach the $4 billion mark, with EMC retaining the top spot," said Carla Arend, program director, IDC European Storage Research. "Marketwise, data protection software remained the largest segment and posted 7% growth. SDS, on the other hand, was the smallest market segment in 2014, but it proves to be one of the fastest-growing segments in the European storage market, as organizations are seeking storage technologies that can help them become independent of expensive proprietary storage hardware products and adopt a highly automated, agile, and software-driven infrastructure to respond more quickly to changing business needs and contain costs.