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The recently published infrastructure software forecast, Software Market Forecasts and Vendor Rankings: Infrastructure Software, 2014–19, indicates a strong momentum in global infrastructure software spend, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.9% for the period 2014–19. Infrastructure software will remain the largest enterprise software market segment, with global spend expected to increase from $209bn in 2015 to $282bn by the end of 2019.

Fastest growth focused in software-defined solutions, virtualization, and integration, and in Asia-Pacific

We have added software-defined solutions (SDx) as a new market segment, which comprises spend on software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined networking (SDN). This market segment is expected to grow at a CAGR of 43.8% over the period 2014–19, amounting to $12.7bn in 2019. In comparison, the traditional storage systems and management market will grow at a CAGR of 3.6% over the forecast period. Moreover, hybrid cloud and network management spend is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of 4.3% over this period.

Global virtualization spend is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.5% over the forecast period, amounting to $29.8bn by the end of 2019. Integration accounts for the third fastest-growing market segment, with global spend on integration software/middleware expected to hit $22.8bn by the end of 2019. Integration is estimated to account for over 7.8% of the total infrastructure software spend in 2019.

We forecast infrastructure software spend in North America to grow from $97.5bn in 2015 to over $130bn by the end of 2019. North America will account for over 46% of the global spend on infrastructure software in 2019. Ovum estimates indicate that Asia-Pacific will be the fastest-growing regional market, with infrastructure software spend growing at a CAGR of 8.6% to hit $55bn by 2019. Over the same period, spending on infrastructure software in Central and Latin America and EMEA regions will grow at CAGRs of 8.0% and 7.5%, respectively.

The forecast figures reveal that more than a half of the market segments under infrastructure software will grow at a CAGR of over 7%. In this context, it is worth noting that global spend on application platforms and database infrastructure and management is expected to grow at CAGRs of 7.7% and 7.9%, respectively. For 2015, operating systems will account for over 26% of the total infrastructure software spend and this figure will decrease by just 1% over the forecast period.

The top three vendors in terms of market share accounted for over a third of the global infrastructure software spend in 2014. The figure reduced to just 6.2% for the next three vendors in the list. The top 10 vendors accounted for over 43% of the global infrastructure software spend in 2014. This includes major enterprise software vendors, such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, CA Technologies, HP, and SAP.


Further reading

Software Market Forecasts and Vendor Rankings: Infrastructure Software, 2014–19, EI0025-000017 (September 2015)


Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions

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