According to the latest crop of statistics from IDC, the
worldwide application server market bucked all trends and grew 128
percent, reaching almost $2.2 billion in 2000.
"IDC expects this strong growth to continue through
"'It's difficult to overstate the significance of this growth
rate. When a market reaches the level of maturity that the
[application server software platform] ASSP market reached in 1999,
annual growth usually slows, not accelerates,' said Steve Garone,
IDC's vice president of Application Development and Deployment
"BEA Systems and IBM claimed the largest chunk of this
still-growing market, with revenue shares of 18 percent and 15
percent, respectively. Sun trailed in third with 8 percent."