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EMC adds to its storage software lead

Edging further ahead in the market-share race, the company is also making plans to upgrade software produced in partnership with Dell.

With its lead in the storage software market on the upswing, EMC is also making plans to upgrade software produced as part of a partnership with Dell Computer.

A report from Gartner Dataquest on Monday put EMC's worldwide market share at 30.4 percent in 2001, up from 28.3 percent of the market in 2000. Veritas Software was second in 2001, with 19.8 percent, and IBM came in third with 14.2 percent.

EMC's front-runner status stemmed in large part from array-based software, which controls storage systems that use multiple hard drives and that accounts for about one-third of the $4.9 billion market for the storage software. If that segment were excluded from the analysis, Veritas would be in the lead, and EMC would drop to third behind IBM, Gartner Dataquest said.

Separately Monday, EMC announced that it is working with PC maker Dell to enhance the Dell-EMC ControlCenter Navisphere, MirrorView and SnapView software suites. The product upgrades will allow customers to securely manage storage networks from remote locations and increase a storage network's uptime.

Although many analysts had predicted that corporations would spend more on storage after the terrorist attacks last year, companies leaned heavily toward cheaper systems. Still, the overall storage software market was able to grow 3 percent from 2000 to 2001.

The only company in the top five to lose market share was Computer Associates International, which changed accounting methods, switching to a subscription format in which revenue is recognized over the life of a contract instead of up front. That method has drastically reduced revenue, and the company said its market share dropped 67 percent in 2001 to 4.1 percent of the worldwide storage market.