XML Server Software Market Continues to Grow, Driven by Integration Demands from Customers, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 12, 2002 – The worldwide XML server software market will sustain its momentum over the next five years as the steady demand for integration technologies continues. IDC believes this demand will drive the XML server market to achieve $3.5 billion in revenues by 2006 and is one of the reasons behind the outstanding 163.8% growth rate experienced from 2000 to 2001. This growth can be further substantiated by the increase of XML functionality in the application and integration server markets.


"Vendors that can commit to the development of XML-related solutions will now be well positioned to take advantage of new opportunities with customers as business conditions improve," said Susan Funke, research manager for IDC's Java and XML for eBusiness service. "The fact that the market grew so well in 2001, even with IT budget constraints, is testament that the XML server market will be a strong competitive landscape over the forecast period."

The XML server market consists of several categories, including XML- enabled databases, native XML database servers, XML application servers, and XML content servers. According to IDC, XML-enabled databases and server solutions will start to impact the XML server market by 2003 and will maintain rapid growth, resulting in the relational database market becoming the dominant market for XML servers by 2006.

IDC also believes that XML database, application, and content servers will continue to grow in significance due to the functionality they offer to facilitate integration for ebusiness platform adoption.

IDC's recently released Worldwide XML Server Software Forecast and Analysis, 2002-2006 (IDC #27711) provides key market trends, analysis, and leading vendor performances in the XML server software market. This report updates the vendor shares previously published in IDC's XML Server Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005 (IDC #26081) as well as the forecasts published in Worldwide XML Server Software Forecast, 2002-2006 (IDC #26986).

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