Competition in the storage management software market may heat up in the next few months.
Computer Associates will release two new storage management products in New Zealand before the end of the year, says Mark Milford, the company’s general manager for storage management products.
The products are a SAN management package, due to be released in October, and an enterprise storage management product scheduled for release in December. They will go on sale alongside two presently available storage products to make up a suite of four products.
Storage is the fastest growing segment in the IT industry, Milford says, “and within the storage market, software is the fastest growing sector”. E-commerce, with its customer relationship management needs, is driving tremendous data requirements, he says.
“What’s driving the explosion in storage is the application of it to business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce.” CA intends to take storage software specialist Veritas “head on”, Milford told Computerworld at CA’s annual CA World conference in Orlando, Florida in July.
At the conference, the company unveiled Brightstor, a unified brand for its storage management products, and chief executive Sanjay Kumar said Veritas was the company’s number one competitor in the storage management software market.
CA has some way to go before it matches Veritas, says IDC Australia-Pacific storage research manager Graham Penn. “From my observation, of the independent storage software vendors, Veritas has the largest share globally, with approximately 35% and CA, through acquisitions such as Sterling has built up to around 25%.”
In April, Veritas hailed a report from research firm Gartner which showed that in 2000 Veritas held 39% of the market, estimated by Gartner to be worth $US5.3 billion.
IDC’s Penn says comparisons of market share in individual countries or regions are difficult to make. “Storage management software means different things to different people — for some it means backup and recovery, to others it means point [niche] products as well.”