According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 11.2 percent year over year to $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2005, marking nine consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth. For the full year 2005, storage software revenues totaled $8.9 billion, injecting nearly one billion dollars of new revenue into the marketplace and growing 12.6 percent year over year.

In the fourth quarter of 2005, the storage replication market posted the largest gain at 21.7 percent year-over-year growth, while the back-up and archive and storage resource management software markets continued to represent the largest storage software markets, each representing a third of the market, respectively.

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