Worldwide Converged Systems Revenue Increases 6.2% Year Over Year in the Third Quarter of 2015

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The FINANCIAL — According to the International Data Corporation (IDC ) Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker , the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 6.2% year over year to $2.5 billion during the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15). The market generated 1,261 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 34.8% compared to the same period a year ago.

“The overall market is showing growth but that growth is primarily driven by very rapid growth in the hyperconverged systems market,” said Kevin M. Permenter , senior research analyst, Enterprise Servers . “Smaller and more flexible systems, like the ones found in the hyperconverged space, were well positioned to take advantage of the burgeoning mid-market customer segment this quarter.”

Converged Systems Segments

IDC distinguishes between three market segments: Integrated Systems, Certified Reference Systems, and Hyperconverged Systems.

• Integrated systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software.

• Certified reference systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software. Certified reference systems, however, are designed with systems from multiple technology vendors.

• Hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same server-based resources.

During the third quarter of 2015, the Integrated Systems market generated revenues of $1,591.35 million, which represented a year-over-year decline of -1.41% and 62.3% of the total market value. VCE was the largest supplier of Integrated Systems with $442.82 million in sales, or 27.8% share of the market segment.

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Certified Reference Systems sales grew 0.31% year over year during the third quarter of 2015, generating more than $680 million worth of sales. This amounted to 26.8% of the total market value. Cisco/NetApp was the top-ranked supplier of Certified Reference Systems in the quarter, generating revenues of $308.96 million and capturing a 45.18% share of the market segment.

Hyperconverged sales grew 155.3% year over year during the third quarter of 2015, generating more than $278.8 million worth of sales. This amounted to 10.9% of the total market value.

 

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