Storage Replication Software Market is Shifting with Higher Growth Expected from Host-based and Network/Appliance-based Replication, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, MA – February 19, 2008 – Market dynamics in the overall storage replication software market are shifting, according to a new special study from IDC. While array-based replication accounted for close to 84% of worldwide market revenues in 2007, the highest annual growth came from smaller segments, including host-based methods (+25.4%) and network and appliance-based replication approaches (+20.6%).

Impacting these trends are a host of factors, including:

* The inclusion of replication features with core storage systems

* The lower attach rate of replication with modular/midrange storage solutions

* The increased levels of replication's adoption by small and mid-size businesses

* The growing need to replicate data between dissimilar storage systems

"Future opportunities for replication suppliers are numerous," said Laura DuBois, program director, Storage Software at IDC. "To succeed, vendors need to increase their focus on heterogeneous replication and replication/recovery management, and integrate replication services with other high availability services and virtualized server environments. They should also expand into data reduction approaches and offer replication-as-a-service to reach new market segments."

The IDC special study, The Future of Storage Replication Technology: A Market Segmentation and Analysis (Doc #210293), sizes and forecasts through 2011 the three discrete segments of the storage replication software market, including array-based, host-based, and network and appliance-based approaches to the replication of data. The study examines the changing dynamics in each segment and by geography. It also profiles leading storage replication software vendors and identifies key strategies and initiatives regarding product mix, customer adoption, go-to-market policy, competitive differentiation, and technology development.

To purchase this document, call IDC's Sales hotline at 508-988-7988 or email sales@idc.com.

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