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IDC: Q1 Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Revenue Jumps 38.5% YOY

July 10, 2014

According to the International Data (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker, an integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 38.5 percent year over year to $1.95 billion during the first quarter of 2014 (1Q14).

In its release, the company said that the market generated 653.8 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 72.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

"As the market moves to the 3rd Platform, IT customers are seeking to leverage cloud, social, mobile, and big data in their businesses. Transforming an IT environment requires a new approach to systems," said Jed Scaramella, Research Director, Enterprise Servers. "Many customers see the convergence of server, storage, and networking in Integrated Systems as a means to deliver IT efficiency and agility. IDC expects to see more workload-optimized systems come to market in the near term."

"Once again we witnessed an increasing number of organizations around the world leveraging integrated systems to address longstanding datacenter infrastructure inefficiencies," said Eric Sheppard, Research Director, Storage. "As such, this market remains one of the fastest growing segments of the overall infrastructure market."

Integrated Platforms vs. Integrated Infrastructure

IDC distinguishes between two market segments: Integrated Platforms and Integrated Infrastructure. Integrated Platforms 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. 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 optimized for a specific workload.

During the first quarter of 2014, the Integrated Platforms market generated revenues of $769.6 million, which represented an 8.3 percent year-over-year growth rate and 39.5 percent of the total market value. Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform systems with $369.0 million in sales, or 48.0 percent share of the market segment.

Integrated Infrastructure sales grew 69.4 percent year over year during the first quarter of 2014, generating nearly $1.2 billion worth of sales. This amounted to 60.5 percent of the total market value. FlexPod by Cisco/NetApp was the top-ranked supplier of Integrated Infrastructure in the quarter, generating revenues of $268.4 million and capturing a 22.7 percent share of the market segment.

International Data (IDC) is a provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.

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