Symantec: Strong Competition May Hinder Storage Share Growth

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by: Trefis

Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) is going to face stiffer competition from McAfee (NYSE:MFE), which was recently acquired by the semiconductor giant Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). Symantec competes with McAfee in the security software market for consumers as well as businesses, while its major competitor in storage software market is EMC-acquired Data Domain.

Fierce competition from bigger players could block Symantec’s market share growth in the storage software market, leading to a modest stock downside. We estimate Storage Software constitutes around 40% of the $22 Trefis price estimate for Symantec’s stock, (about 62% above the current market price of $14).

Symantec’s Share in Storage Software Market

In the past, Symantec’s Share in the Storage Software Market has decreased from about 20% in 2005 to 19% in 2009. Symantec’s market share decreased till 2007 because IBM (NYSE:IBM) and other small vendors increased their presence at a faster rate than the overall market.

The average of Trefis member forecasts for Symantec’s Share in Storage Software Market indicate an increase from 19% in 2010 to 20% by 2016, slightly lower than the baseline Trefis estimate which is expected to reach 21% by the end of the forecast period.

We expect Symantec’s Share in Storage Software Market will increase, but at a slow rate, driven by the company’s cost effective storage solution which uses mechanisms like data deduplication to reduce storage hardware requirements of companies up to 90% and bandwidth requirements up to 97%. But Data Domain, Symantec’s storage competitor, specializes in data deduplication technology and the strength of Data Domain’s market position could hinder Symantec’s market share growth.

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Our complete analysis for Symantec’s Share in Storage Software Market is here.

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