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The software infrastructure market has been going through a transition, moving from a market focused on providing tools for solving problems on-premises, to a solution-based approach that works across on-premises and the cloud.


  • The software infrastructure market was worth approximately $121bn at the end of 2018. Ovum predicts the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9% over the period 2018 to 2023, which will make the market worth an estimated $222bn by the end of 2023.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand why management software forecast highlights the variation in growth rates between traditional and cloud-native technologies.
  • Learn more about how in a hybrid cloud world both cloud management and operational management capabilities are needed.

Key questions answered

  • What are the biggest markets for software infrastructure?
  • Which countries are growing the fastest and is this accross all technologies or just certain technologies?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Software infrastructure market growth remains in the low double-digits

  • The market shows variation between the traditional and cloud-native technologies

Variation in growth rates between traditional and cloud-native technologies

  • Database infrastructure and management is the largest single technology in the forecast
  • Container management platforms represent the smallest but fastest growing technology in the forecast
  • Data protection remains the slowest growth market in the forecast

Virtualization in all its forms is showing strong growth

  • Server virtualization and virtualized desktops are benefiting from the growth in cloud computing
  • Software-defined networks are growing faster than software-defined storage
  • Converged and hyper-converged infrastructure growth will make it the third largest market by value in 2023

In a hybrid cloud world cloud management and operational management capabilities are needed

  • Multicloud and hybrid cloud are creating a complex environment for IT operations
  • IT operational analytics and infrastructure management show that most workloads remain on-premises


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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