Skip to main content

Converged Systems Enable IT Transformation Initiatives

Some IT organizations prefer infrastructure solutions that offer simplified cloud deployment models for their digital transformation projects. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide converged systems market revenue increased 9.9 percent year-over-year to $3.5 billion during the second quarter of 2018 (2Q18).

"Data center infrastructure convergence remains an important investment driver for companies around the world," said Sebastian Lagana, research manager at IDC. "HCI solutions helped to drive second-quarter market expansion thanks, in part, to their ability to reduce infrastructure complexity, promote consolidation, and allow IT teams to support an organization's business objectives."

Converged Systems Market Development

IDC's converged systems market view offers three segments: 1) certified reference systems & integrated infrastructure, 2) integrated platforms, and 3) hyperconverged systems.

The certified reference systems and integrated infrastructure market generated $1.3 billion in revenue during the second quarter, which was a year-over-year decline of 13.9 percent and represented 38.1 percent of total converged systems revenue.

Integrated platforms sales declined 12.5 percent year over year during the second quarter, generating revenues of $729.4 million. This amounted to 20.7 percent of the total converged systems market revenue.

Revenue from hyperconverged systems sales grew 78.1 percent year-over-year during the second quarter of 2018, generating $1.5 billion worth of sales. This amounted to 41.2 percent of the total converged systems market.

IDC offers two ways to rank technology suppliers within the hyperconverged systems market: by the brand of the hyperconverged solution or by the owner of the software providing the core hyperconverged capabilities.


Converged Systems Market Segmentation

As it relates to the branded view of the hyperconverged systems market, Dell Inc. was the largest supplier with $418.7 million in revenue and a 28.8 percent share. Nutanix generated $275.3 million in branded revenue with the second largest share of 18.9 percent.

Cisco and HPE were statistically tied for the quarter, with $77.7 million and $72.0 million in revenue, or 5.3 percent and 4.9 percent in market share, respectively.

From the software ownership view of the market, systems running Nutanix's hyperconverged software represented $497.7 million in total second-quarter vendor revenue or 34.2 percent of the total market.

Systems running VMware's hyperconverged software represented $495.8 million in second quarter vendor revenue or 34.1 percent of the total market. Both amounts represent all software and hardware revenue, regardless of how it was ultimately branded.

Popular posts from this blog

The Subscription Economy Churn Challenge

The subscription business model has been one of the big success stories of the Internet era. From Netflix to Microsoft 365, more and more companies are moving towards recurring revenue streams by having customers pay for access rather than product ownership. The subscription economy cuts across many industries -- such as streaming services, software, media, consumer products, and even transportation with the rise of mobility-as-a-service. A new market study by Juniper Research highlights the central challenge facing subscription businesses -- reducing customer churn to build a loyal subscriber installed base. Subscription Model Market Development The Juniper market study provides an in-depth analysis of the subscription business model market landscape and associated customer retention strategies. A key finding is that impending government regulations will make it easier for customers to cancel subscriptions, likely leading to increased voluntary churn rates. The study report cites the