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Storage Software Market to Approach $11 Billion in 2004

A new report from industry analysts IDC shows the storage software market growing in tandem with storage capabilities, so much so that the worldwide storage software revenue will grow from $5 billion in 1999 to $10.4 billion in 2004.

The trend in software storage is toward a comprehensive suite of backup, restore, archive, and hierarchical storage management (HSM) solutions that support heterogeneous platforms. According to IDC, this segment’s revenue is expected to more than double, from $2.5 billion in 1999 to $5.6 billion in 2004.

Storage resource management will be one of the leading segments in terms of growth and importance. IDC expects this segment’s 1999-2004 compound annual growth rate to be almost 22 percent. The overall market average is 16 percent.

“Due in part to the e-business phenomenon, enterprises are continuously looking to storage management solutions to assist in the management of increased storage capabilities,” said Steve Widen, research director for IDC’s Storage Software program. “Because of the complexity of underlying storage architectures such as SANs and the increased demand for 100 percent application uptime and data availability, the use of storage management solutions will continue to increase rapidly.” – Isaac Slepner

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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