Growth in the XML server market tops 440%

According to IDC, massive growth in the XML server market signifies acceptance of XML as the de-facto standard for business-to-business (B2B) integration.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  January 15, 2002

The XML server has taken a massive leap forward, growing 440% from 1999 to 2000. The huge growth signifies acceptance of XML as the de-facto standard for business-to-business (B2B) integration, states IDC research.

Furthermore, the analyst body is predicting the emerging market to outperform the software industry through 2005.

“XML servers are moving rapidly beyond the early adopter phase to play an integral role in the e-business platform,” said Susan Funke, research manager for IDC’s information and data management service.

“IDC expects XML-enabled database management system (DBMS) vendors to maintain rapid growth, with relational database management systems (RDBMS) emerging as the dominant market area for XML servers by 2005,” she added.

Although the current economic downturn could inhibit the deployment of XML servers, IDC believes that market will reach US$ 3.7 billion by 2005.

The massive growth is primarily going to be fuelled by XML servers’ ability to enable application integration for e-business adoption. Also, XML DBMS vendors will leverage on loyal customers and distribution channels to capitalise on XML-based solutions.

The XML server market comprises a variety of vendors from several other market areas including application servers, XML and DBMS, RDBMS, and integration software server platforms (ISSP).

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