Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Market Surges in Q3: IDC

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2013-12-27

The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market generated 622.6 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 101 percent compared to the third quarter of 2012, according to a report from IT analytics firm IDC.

The firm found an impressive 68.5 percent year-over-year factory value growth in the integrated infrastructure and platforms market during the third quarter of 2013 (2Q13), with system sales totaling $1.4 billion.

Integrated infrastructure systems are designed for general-purpose, distributed workloads that are likely to have differing performance profiles.The report noted that while integrated infrastructure is similar to integrated platforms in that it will leverage the same infrastructure building blocks, it is not optimized for a specific workload.

"The Integrated systems market continues to gain momentum and we saw strong adoption across all categories in the third quarter," Jed Scaramella, research director for IDC’s enterprise servers division, said in a statement. "A greater number of IT customers are realizing the value proposition of integrated systems and how they can simplify IT operations. IDC expects integrated systems to be on many customers' radar during purchasing cycles in 2014."

Integrated infrastructure sales were up 108.6 percent year over year during the third quarter on $984.9 million worth of sales, representing 71.2 percent of the total market value.

VCE was the top-ranked supplier of integrated infrastructure in the quarter, generating $231.1 million, which represented a 23.5 percent share of the market segment. Cisco/NetApp placed second with 15.4 percent market share and $213.5 million in revenue, followed by EMC with 14.6 percent market share and $202 million in revenue.

"The strong growth in the integrated systems market has become a real bright spot within the IT industry," Eric Sheppard, research director of storage at IDC, said in a statement. "Server, storage, and networking vendors have clearly created a set of offerings that resonate very well with datacenter operators looking for the next level of infrastructure efficiency for their highly virtualized environments."

Sales of integrated platform systems generated $399.8 million in sales during the quarter, which represented a 14.2 percent year-over-year growth rate and 28.8 percent of the total market value.

Oracle was the largest supplier of integrated platform systems with $181.7 million in sales, or 45.6 percent share of the market segment, according to IDC’s findings.

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

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