It said revenues during Q2 2014 came to nearly $3.8 billion.
The leaders in the pack were EMC, IBM and Symantec which had markt shares of 25.9 percent, 16 percent and 13.3 percent respectively.
Data protection and recovery software showed bigger growth, up 10.2 percent in the quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2013. Revenues for those totalled $1.45 billion. storage infrastructure sales amounted to $448 million. Storage and device management software sales rose by 4.1 percent to stand at $708 million.
Eric Sheppard, research director of storage software at IDC said there was broad growth over most markets.
”Sales of data protection and recovery software accounted for almost 60 percent of the spending during the quarter, driven by a market wide move to improve application resiliency, continued uptake in appliance based offering and healthy attach rates within the integrated systems market”, he said.