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The infrastructure software market has seen its focus shift from a supporting role that was driven by hardware platforms, to an abstracted, hardware-agnostic layer that is much more based on software.


  • The software market has seen a significant shift in the forecast for spending. There is a move away from the traditional technologies, such as databases, toward the newer software-defined technologies.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand how hyper-converged infrastructure is changing the market dynamics.
  • Discover the fastest growing markets.
  • Learn about the analytics and cloud management markets.

Key questions answered

  • Why is the database market growing slowly?
  • Why are newer technologies, such as containers, and the move to the cloud fueling growth in a mature market?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

By 2020, database infrastructure and management will remain the biggest market in terms of market value

  • The database market might be large, but is growing slowly
  • Data protection and availability shows signs of market shift

Virtualization will remain the second largest market with a CAGR of 13.6% (over 2016–20)

  • Newer technologies such as containers and the move to the cloud are fueling growth in a mature market
  • The virtual desktop is now entering the wider market adoption phase in its lifecycle

Hyper-converged infrastructure is changing the market dynamics, and has a CAGR of 19.1%

  • The traditional server and storage market is being challenged on two fronts

SDN and SDS have the highest CAGRs of 44.6% and 30.2% (over 2015–20), respectively

  • SDN has been talked about for more than 10 years now and is showing signs of market adoption


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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