The worldwide market for relational database management system (RDBMS) software grew by 9.4 percent to $14.6 billion in 2005, according to a new report from analyst firm IDC. The demand for data warehousing was cited as a growth factor.

Gartner Dataquest has also issued its annual RDBMS market share report for 2005, reporting that the market grew 8.3 percent to $13.8 billion. Notably, Gartner reported increased demand for data warehousing and business intelligence "driven by an explosion of data" as an important factor driving the growth of the RDBMS market.

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