HPE, Cisco, Microsoft Lead Data Center Infrastructure Market
Third-quarter numbers compiled by Synergy analysts show the global market nearing $120 billion, driven by cloud computing environments.Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems continue to be the top hardware vendors in a global data center infrastructure market that is nearing the $120 billion mark, according to analysts with Synergy Research Group. At the same time, Microsoft remained by far the number-one software maker in the space in the third quarter, with almost a 70 percent share of the market. VMware, in second place, held less than a 20 percent share. Cloud computing is a key driver behind the continuing growth in the data center infrastructure space, according to the Synergy analysts. Public cloud providers are currently pushing the demand, though the rise of private clouds will become an increasing factor. "The mass adoption of public cloud services has created the need for widespread deployment of hyperscale data centers and has led to record spending on service provider data center equipment," Jeremy Duke, Synergy's founder and chief analyst, said in a statement. "While the market dynamics are different for private cloud, it, too, will drive enormous changes in the investment patterns for enterprise data center hardware, software and services."
The influence of the cloud and the need for hyperscale infrastructure resources can be seen in the types of products that are most in demand, according to Synergy's numbers, which were released this month. The largest single product segment was rack servers, which accounted for 34 percent of the total market, the analysts found. The highest growth was seen in such individual product segments as virtualization software, blade servers and integrated security platforms.