Report: IBM Outpaces Overall Storage Software Growth for 12th Consecutive Quarter

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ARMONK, NY - 31 Mar 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) outperformed storage software vendor EMC in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to new revenue share data released by IDC[1]. IBM grew storage software revenue 16 percent year-over-year, more than three times the growth rate of EMC, as reported by IDC.

According to the IDC report, IBM marked a dozen consecutive quarters of surpassing the overall storage software segment, which was measured at 11 percent year-over-year growth.

IBM grew in numerous storage software categories, according to the IDC report. Among all the vendors measured by IDC, IBM maintained its leadership position in the Archive Software category. Additionally, the IDC report indicated that IBM outgrew the category and all competitors in Data Protection and Recovery, outgrew the category and EMC in Replication Software, and grew at more than triple the revenue rate in the Storage Management Software and Storage Infrastructure Software categories.

"As indicated by our growth and success, IBM continues to apply innovation to tackle storage challenges caused by ever-increasing amounts of data, constrained IT budgets, data retention requirements and emerging efforts to improve energy efficiency," said Craig Smelser, Vice President, Storage and Security Development, Tivoli, IBM. "Customers continue to turn to IBM's extensive portfolio of storage solutions -- including software, hardware and services -- to help virtualize, protect and manage their data, and deliver information on demand."

Today's announcement highlights IBM's momentum in the storage landscape. A recent IDC report revealed that IBM was the world's number one storage hardware vendor, based on disk plus tape branded revenues combined[2]. As reported by IDC, IBM captured 21.9 percent of the total global branded disk plus tape revenue share for 3Q07, besting all other major storage hardware vendors for the quarter.

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1 Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker Q4 2007

2 Source: IDC Worldwide Combined Disk and Tape Storage 3Q07 Market Share Update