In today's global enterprise, the need for large scale, near real-time data replication is reminiscent of the old adage about the common cold: sometimes the cure is worse than the illness. Take antihistamines, you feel wretched. Antibiotics build up a resistance to something more serious – and don't really do a thing for the bug that has you down. Steroids get you feeling better faster, but may cause heart failure. With its medicinal properties still under debate in the New England Journal of Medicine, chicken soup, basically, will make your mom happy.

However, the problems that mandate enterprises to adopt effective replication strategies are not like the common cold at all. Left untreated, they will not simply go away. Gartner estimates that by 2002, storage replication technologies will be deployed in 70 percent of the Fortune 500 companies. Today's data replication market exceeds $700 million and will grow to about $1.3 billion by 2003.

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