IDC Expects Substantial Growth in Distributed Operations Management Software

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 3, 2000 – The proliferation of ebusiness and Web-based applications as well as the continued deployment of distributed infrastructures will drive distributed operations management (DOM). According to IDC, DOM is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24%, from $6.3 billion in 1999 to $18.5 billion in 2004.

“The IT world will continue to reach out to meet the expanding needs of ecommerce,” said Tim Grieser, research director for IDC’s Enterprise Systems Management Software program. “As it does, distributed operations management software will play a major role in keeping distributed systems functioning, monitoring their performance and availability, alerting staff to problems, automating the recovery process, and assisting users with system difficulties.”

The distributed storage management market is the largest of the DOM markets. In 1999, its revenue grew a very strong 47%. The distributed performance and availability management market is the second-largest DOM market, achieving 37% revenue growth in 1999. IDC believes both of these markets will continue to grow briskly through 2004.

Unix and 32-bit Windows were the dominant DOM platforms. In 1999, these two operating environments pulled in 86% market share. Unix will continue to lead distributed tools revenue through 2002, at which point 32-bit Windows will take over.

Information like the above can be found in IDC’s report Distributed Operations Management Software Market Forecast and Analysis, 2000–2004 (IDC #22995). The report divides the market into the following segments: job scheduling, event automation, performance and availability management, storage management, problem management, and output management. Each market is analyzed, and forecasts are provided through 2004, segmented by operating environment. Additionally, IDC compares vendors’ 1999 revenue in each market. Key trends affecting each market are discussed.

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