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IDC Reports Replication Growth

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- 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."