The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 1.7 percent year over year to US$2.4 billion during the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15).
According to IDC findings, the market shipped 1,210 petabytes of new storage capacity during the quarter, which was up 44.8 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
“We have a tale of two markets; integrated platforms is contracting while integrated infrastructure systems are growing rapidly,” says Kevin M. Permenter, Senior Research Analyst, Enterprise Servers, IDC.
“Organisations are leaning away from workload-specific platforms and toward general-purpose, multi-workload hardware solutions. We expect to see this trend continue through 2015.”
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 customised system engineering optimised 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 optimised for a specific workload.
During the second quarter of 2015, the Integrated Platforms market generated revenues of $894.8 million, which represented a year-over-year decline of -15.3 percent and 36.6 percent of the total market value.
Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform systems with $482.9 million in sales, or 54.0 percent share of the market segment.
Integrated Infrastructure sales grew 15.5 percent year over year during the second quarter of 2015, generating more than $1.5 billion worth of sales - this amounted to 63.4 percent of the total market value.
VCE was the top-ranked supplier of Integrated Infrastructure in the quarter, generating revenues of $409.4 million and capturing a 26.3 percent share of the market segment.