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Squeak! - the Top 10 Storage Software Companies - 2005

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Who are the leading storage software companies of the future?

This is the 5th annual edition of STORAGEsearch.com's list of the the Top 10 Storage Software Companies.

There were over 169 currently active storage software companies listed in STORAGEsearch at the publication date of this article (14 more than last year despite the large number of software companies which got acquired or went out of business). That means there was more competition to get into the top 10.

The ranking, below, is based on the reader pageviews for each company's profile page on STORAGEsearch.com during 2005. (We had over 640,000 unique readers in this 12 month period).

Our definition of a "software" company in this context is Independent Software Vendors who publish storage software. This excludes companies which also manufacture and sell storage hardware such as EMC, HP and IBM.

2005 was another year of double digit growth for the whole storage software market which accounted for $8 billion (out of the $150 billion storage market).

Congratulations to everyone listed.

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The Top 10 Storage Software Companies - 2005

as ranked by STORAGEsearch.com reader statistics during 2005

Rank Company (2004 rank) comments
1 Symantec (1)

Symantec news
Symantec's Veritas acquisition passed without a ripple in the ranking they got from our readers.

In the 5 years that we've published this (top 10 storage software companies) list Symantec / Veritas has been #1 for 4 of them, and was #2 on the single occasion (in 2003) when they missed the top slot.
2 Arkeia (6)

Arkeia News
In the summer of 2005 Arkeia launched an innovative pricing model for its network backup software. In this scheme the price of the software was set by the amount of data which was being backed up, and not by the number of servers. Although such pricing had been common for online backup services - this was the first time that a software vendor offered it for software which actually ran on the customer's own hardware.

By doing this Arkeia made their product much more attractive to fast growing companies - who could now afford to buy enterprise quality software at an earlier stage in their business development. Previously many fast growing companies would face the choice of either using software which they would eventually outgrow (and thereby incurring switching costs) - or paying heavyweight pricing for products from larger vendors - which were uneconomic for their current situation.
3 EVault (5)

EVault news
Natural disasters and their consequences were often in the news during 2005.

Starting with the new year reports showing the horrific extent of the Asian Tsunami - which struck December 26, 2004 - the world was shocked later in the year - that even the world's biggest superpower - the US got caught wrong footed with Hurricane Katrina (August 29) - although by the time that the soon to follow on Rita struck - most folks were already on their way out of harm's way.

Then later in the year the earthquakes in Pakistan (October 8) killed 73,000 people and made more than 3 million people homeless. Most of these people were still living in tents during the winter - more than 3 months later.

Reminded of the speed and devastation with which the forces of nature can smite communities - the online backup industry rallied round to educate users of the benefits it can offer in these situations when it's not feasible to physically remove backups.
4 FalconStor Software (3)

FalconStor news
2005 was another year of high revenue growth in the virtual tape library and iSCSI markets. Many VTL oems use FalconStor's software within their products.

FalconStor has been in this top 10 storage software list in every one of the 5 years it's been published. And although the company has ranked higher in previous years - that consistency - during a period when the storage market has more than trebled in size - is a noteworthy factor.
5 BakBone Software (2)

BakBone news
2005 was a difficult year for BakBone's employees, customers and shareholders because for long periods - no one could be quite sure what the company's revenue actually was.

Due to accounting mixups which took ages to sort out - news announcements from BakBone frequently had the flavor of the confessional - prefaced with numerous apologies.

Although the public perception of the company was weakened by these problems - that didn't stop BakBone's marketing aggressive plans - which included the acquisition of Constant Data in November 2005.
6 BMC Software

BMC news
This is the first time that BMC has appeared in our top 10 storage software list. BMC has products which manage and protect databases.

The company is probably best known for its big iron - mainframe products - which include backup and recovery products for the DB2 OS/390 platform. But among the many new products announced in 2005 was BMC SQL-BackTrack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

In January 2006, BMC announced an agreement to integrate XOsoft's replication technology, WANSync, into BMC SQL-BackTrack.
7 CA (10)

CA news
In October 2005 CA acquired ILM software publisher - iLumin.

CA also announced it would port its BrightStor solutions to Sun's Solaris 10 Operating System for x64 (x86, 64-bit) platforms.

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8 Tabernus (4)

Tabernus news
In 2005, Tabernus, which had previously been involved mainly in the storage test and HBA driver market - launched its Disk Purge software for erasing data off SCSI connected hard disks.

STORAGEsearch.com estimates that the fast growing disk sanitizer market, which barely existed just a few years ago could grow to over $2 billion by 2008.

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9 NSI Software (7)

NSI news
NSI won a lot of user and reader awards in 2005.

In March 2005 NSI announced it had already deployed 12,000 licenses of its Double-Take for Microsoft Exchange server protection.

In March 2006 NSI Software changed its name to Double-Take Software - based on the brand name of its best known product.
10 Atempo (8)

Atempo news
Throughout 2005 Atempo revealed it had some interesting customers using its software including the French Navy (cartography department) and the developers of the cartoon series South Park.

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The Most Popular Articles on STORAGEsearch.com?

We've published hundreds of market changing storage articles and you can see thousands of archived news stories in our storage history pages.

The top 10 most popular articles read by readers on STORAGEsearch.com in December 2005 - were as follows...

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