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Report: Cloud-Native Tech Tops List of Infrastructure Software Spend

Omdia’s Infrastructure Software Market Forecast provides revenue opportunity estimates for 12 key segments: Database Infrastructure and Management, Server Virtualization, Storage Virtualization, Network Virtualization, Desktop as a Service and VDI, hyperconverged infrastructure, data protection, multi and hybrid cloud management and orchestration, DevOps (release management), AIOps, container management platforms/services, and data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The forecast covers the period 2021-2026 and covers four regions, eight sub-regions, 27 countries and 16 vertical industries.

Main drivers of growth

The software infrastructure market was worth approximately $143 billion at the end of 2021. Omdia forecasts the market to grow at a CAGR of 16% over the period 2021 to 2026, bringing the market to an estimated value of $296 billion by the end of 2026. This growth is driven by the convergence of some key technologies that are shaping the technology landscape for the foreseeable future. The main technological trends are:

  • The shift to greater use of edge computing and its integration into cloud environments effectively extends the cloud to the edge for latency-sensitive applications or workloads where data sovereignty and real-time responsiveness are at a premium. key characteristics.
  • Wider adoption of cloud computing, as 2021-2026 will see increased use of the cloud for mission-critical workloads, in part accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has forced enterprises to review their operational and to use the cloud for both resiliency and agility.
  • The shift from legacy to cloud native, containers, serverless and microservices and the requirement for platforms to handle the complex technologies needed to deliver agility in a range of environments.
  • Expanded use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that integrate with more management tools, providing simplified operational management for a more complex technology landscape.
  • Increased use of abstraction or software-defined technologies to separate hardware infrastructure from business service delivery. The growth of environmental sustainability and the need for organizations to monitor and manage their impact on carbon emissions.

The combined impact of this convergence is the need for IT infrastructure software that can deliver rapid agility to meet business demand. Although the cloud provides this capability, the on-premises data center will remain an important part of any IT environment for the foreseeable future due to data sovereignty requirements, existing technical debt, and lack of cloud-related skills. The shift to edge computing and edge cloud further complicates the software environment. Software infrastructure technologies must work across and between these different worlds (cloud, edge, and on-premises), effectively forming the hybrid bridge and ensuring that organizations can adopt the most appropriate architecture that fits their business strategy. Added to this complexity is the need to meet increasingly stringent environmental requirements that governments will introduce as part of their globally agreed targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Main results and developments

Omdia estimates that the fastest growing segment over the forecast period will be the container management platform/solutions market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 37%. Hybrid and multi-cloud management and orchestration and DevOps release management are expected to grow at a CAGR of 27% over the period. These three markets are central to the transition to a cloudy world where service delivery will depend on infrastructure typically provided by a third party, but service quality remains the responsibility of the CIO. AIOP, storage virtualization, and network virtualization are three other segments that will grow by more than 21%, with CAGRs over the forecast period of 21.3%, 21.16%, and 21.05%, respectively, amounting to $2.8 billion, $13.8 billion and $34.2 billion. billion by the end of 2026. In terms of market size, the database infrastructure and management solutions segment captures a majority share, but this share will increase from 50% in 2021 to 43% in 2026, when the market will reach 127 billion dollars.

Omdia predicts infrastructure software spending in the Americas will grow from $71 billion in 2021 to over $144 billion by the end of 2026. India is likely to be the fastest growing country with a CAGR of 24.36%, followed by China with a CAGR of 22.95. % over the forecast period (2021–26).

Roy Illsley is the Chief IT Ecosystem and Operations Analyst at Omdia. Roy’s main areas of research include cloud computing, cloud native technologies, IT strategy, IT operational management and data center technologies.

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