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    Software: Emerging opportunities

    At a time when most segments of the software industry witnessed a downturn some segments have bucked the trend. The data storage management function has grown significantly as a segment, presenting itself as an opportunity for the domestic software companies. Before we delve deeper we would like to elaborate upon the concept.

    As companies increasingly adapt to information technology, they generate more and more data. The amount of data stored has increased considerably compared to just a few years ago. And therefore, data storage and management becomes crucial to day-to-day operations. What further adds criticality to data storage is the fact that industries like banking, software, telecom and insurance rely heavily on gathered data. Loss of data could bring the operations to a grinding halt. September 11th incident has also highlighted the need for disaster recovery systems (basically remote back up systems), which inherently entail a great deal of data storage.

    The above stated factors have led to a need for efficient storage and management of data. This is where data storage management software comes in. Data storage management software enables the organisation to efficiently store data and to enable data to flow seamlessly through the organisation. Traditionally the data storage management (DSM) software requirements were serviced by the hardware vendors. This was acceptable as long as the customer sourced all is storage hardware from a single vendor.

    As data storage needs multiplied on a regular basis there was a push towards limiting costs on this front. DSM software gives the customer a choice to source hardware needs from various vendors to reduce storage costs, as most of these software are hardware independent. According to market research firm IDC, the overall data storage management software market is expected to generate revenues of Rs.509 bn ($10.4 bn) by the year 2004. IDC Indiaís latest report on the storage market in 2002 says that, there has been a 74 percent increase in the storage management market in the country, from Rs. 416 m($8.5 m) in 2000 to Rs. 725 m($14.8 m) in 2001.

    In the Indian scenario the opening up of the telecom and insurance sectors has been a boon for the data storage sector, both for the hardware as well as the software sectors. The wider acceptability of India as a base for disaster recovery operations has been a shot in the arm for the sector. Currently sectors like banking, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing, IT-enabled services and data centers are driving growth for the industry. With wider acceptability of CRM and ERP packages among Indian companies the need for data storage has increased manifold.

    Indian companies currently act as storage integrators for data storage solution providers like Veritas, Cisco, Sun, EMC and Compaq. Storage integrators are the people who actually set up the storage hardware and software on the client side. Indian companies like Wipro, Infosys, Apara Infotech, CMC and Tata Infotech perform the function of storage integrators.

    In spite of all these positive developments this segment is still at a nascent stage in India. Lack of awareness has also led to poor understanding of the need for efficient data storage and the benefits that could be realised by way of DSM software. The Indian software companies have an advantage as they can leverage advantages in other segments of the industry to capture as much of this market as possible in the near future.



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