The market for converged infrastructure that merges compute, storage, networking and applications continues to grow, according to the latest data from analyst firm IDC.
IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure Platform tracker reports that revenues from the integrated infrastructure and platforms markets reached $2.1 billion in the first quarter of 2015, for a 8.3 percent year-over-year gain.
While there is a yearly gain, there is actually a sequential quarterly decline from the fourth quarter of 2014, where IDC reported revenue of $2.7 billion.
IDC defines the integrated systems market with two categories: Integrated Platforms and Integrated Infrastructure. Integrated platforms are converged systems that are optimized for a specific workload or application. In contrast, Integrated Infrastructures are general-purposed converged systems.
Looking at Integrated Platforms for the first quarter of 2015, IDC reported a 2.5 percent year-over-year decline, with revenue coming in at $755.4 million. Oracle dominates the market with a 51.9 percent share of the market, while IBM holds down the number two slot with a 5.6 percent market share.
In contrast with the Integrated Platforms market, the Integrated Infrastructure segment grew in the first quarter by 15.5 percent, with revenue reported at $1.3 billion.
The distribution of vendor share for Integrated Infrastructure is much tighter than it is for Integrated Platforms. VCE holds the top spot with a 24.1 percent share, followed closely in second place by Cisco/NetApp at 22.6 percent.
“The integrated systems market continues to evolve and is entering a new phase of maturation,” Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, Enterprise Servers at IDC, said in a statement. “It is a highly dynamic, competitive landscape where the last 12 months has seen key competitors undergo major reorganization, rebranding and realignment; all with the intent to strategically position themselves in one of the faster growing segments of the datacenter infrastructure market.”
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.