XML tops 160% growth


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XML tops 160% growth
The enormous success of XML has been demonstrated most clearly this week by IDC which, as ever, has been tracking the growth of the technology standard. It has found that, not only is XML popular, but that it's growing at a fantastical rate of knots - and it shows no sign of giving up its fantastic position in the short term.

Over the past year alone the market for XML servers has delivered an incredible performance. Between 2001 and 2002 XML servers have grown by 168% which, IDC firmly believes, will in turn create a market worth some $3.5 billion by 2006. And that's probably on the conservative side of estimates too.

As you would expect from a technology that, amongst other things, can make integration of applications, legacy data and all sorts of information a lot easier; it's seeing a lot of take up in the integration space. IDC says that the majority of the XML server deployments are around integration projects. But it also points to the adoption of XML by application and integration server vendors as further proof of XML's viability.

Arguably, XML is already as viable as you can need. But clearly there's more to come. IDC notes that there are many categories of XML emerging, XML-enabled databases, native XML database servers, XML application servers and XML content servers. The majority of these are still very immature, database, content etc, so expect

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far more to emerge.

2002-2003 has been identified by the firm as a key year for the XML database, something that Oracle, IBM and Microsoft are only really just starting to include in their offerings, some, obviously, with more vigor than others. This however could be key, IDC believes that the inclusion of XML in relational databases will buoy this market too - turning XML into quite a driving force in the marketplace.

There's still more to it in the form of the still mythological 'Web services.' At the heart of the Web service revolution, when it finally arrives in a form separate to a reclassified integration project, lies XML. It is the one common standard that can be used to facilitate a platform independent exchange of information. So that will inevitably help the march of XML further. It's important stuff.

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