The FINANCIAL — According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platform Tracker, the worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 8.3% year over year to $2.1 billion during the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). The market generated 945 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 45.7% compared to the same period a year ago.
“The integrated systems market continues to evolve and is entering a new phase of maturation,” said Kevin M. Permenter, senior research analyst, Enterprise Servers. “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.”
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 2015, the Integrated Platforms market generated revenues of $755.4 million, which represented a year-over-year decline of -2.5% and 35.6% of the total market value. Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform systems with $391.9 million in sales, or 51.9% share of the market segment.
Integrated Infrastructure sales grew 15.5% year over year during the first quarter of 2015, generating more than $1.3 billion worth of sales. This amounted to 64.3% of the total market value. Vblock by VCE was the top-ranked supplier of Integrated Infrastructure in the quarter, generating revenues of $328.85 million and capturing a 24.1% share of the market segment.