STORAGE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
As data volumes grow, so grows the demand for software needed to manage the systems that store and back up all that data. Symantec, remained far and away the leader in this category, but that share represented a drop of 0.3 points from 2006.
Part of the reason may have been that Symantec just debuted new versions of its flagship Backup Exec data protection and Backup Exec System Recovery disaster-recovery software -- the first major upgrades since late 2006. "A lot of customers don't upgrade unless there's a compelling reason to do so," said Randy Cochran, vice president of channel sales in the Americas.
Acronis Inc., meanwhile, picked up two share points. "Acronis is a fast-growing segment of our business," said Mike Piltoff, senior vice president of marketing at Champion Solutions Group, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based solution provider. Champion is a major implementer of VMware virtualization software and Piltoff said Acronis' storage management tools have "a lot of synergy with VMware." [READ MORE]