Published On: Mon, Oct 7th, 2013

Cisco/NetApp ranked high as global integrated market exceeds $1.3bn

The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market experienced an impressive 50.2 percent year-over-year factory value growth during the second calendar quarter of 2013 (2Q13), totalling $1.3 billion in system sales.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platform Tracker, the market generated 529.6 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 60.5 percent compared with the second quarter of 2012.

IDC defines integrated infrastructure and platforms as pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software.

Systems not sold with all four of these components are not counted within this tracker.

Specific to management software, IDC includes embedded or integrated management and control software optimised for the auto discovery, provisioning and pooling of physical and virtual compute, storage and networking resources shipped as part of the core, standard integrated system.

Eric Sheppard, research director, storage of IDC, said: “IT departments around the world are increasingly turning to integrated systems to improve utilisation rates of their infrastructure, reduce time to deployment of new applications, ease infrastructure management burdens, and reduce the risk of downtime.

“The wide-ranging benefits associated with integrated systems are helping to drive interest in the technology and ultimately very high market value growth rates.”

Also speaking, Jed Scaramella, research director, Enterprise Servers, said “Integrated systems adoption is rapidly moving from evaluation to mainstream use, with customers increasingly deploying Tier 1 applications.

“Progressive companies view integrated systems as a means to optimise their IT environments so IT services can be better leveraged by their business units to increase workforce productivity, drive revenue opportunities, and

connect with their customers.”

Integrated platform systems are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customised system engineering optimised to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools. Since early iterations

of this IDC Tracker will focus only on the core infrastructure of these systems, software is excluded from market sizing.

Sales of Integrated Platform Systems generated $539.4 million in sales during the quarter, which represented 21.1 percent year-over-year growth and 59.0 percent of the total market value. Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform Systems with $305.9 million in sales, or 56.7 percent share of the market segment.

Integrated infrastructure systems are designed for general-purpose, distributed workloads that are likely to have differing performance profiles.

While integrated infrastructure is similar to integrated platforms in that it will leverage the same infrastructure building blocks, it is not optimised for a specific workload.

Integrated infrastructure sales were up 80.3 percent year over year during the second quarter on $775.7 million worth of sales (41.0% of the total market value).

The Cisco and NetApp partnership that brings the FlexPod systems to market (referred to as Cisco/NetApp in the above table) generated $203.1 million worth of Integrated Infrastructure sales during the quarter, representing a 26.2 percent share and the top ranking within this market segment.

By: Ben Uzor Jr


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