This IDC study provides a preliminary top-down sizing of the virtual machine and cloud system software market in 2015 and a 2016–2020 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market, and forecast revenue data is broken out by region and operating environment.
According to Gary Chen, IDC research manager, Cloud and Virtualization System Software, "Virtual machine software continues to be a foundational technology for the modern datacenter and cloud computing, but saturation of mature markets and the embedding of virtualization into a larger stack are becoming factors. We are seeing Microsoft competing much harder against VMware and open source platforms and containers gaining traction underneath cloud system software, which will adversely affect ASPs. Cloud system software and software containers are still a small market and has many challenges, but it is predicted to become a significant factor in the outer years of the forecast period."
Application development software, Application virtualization, Cloud system software, Hypervisors, Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, Public cloud services, System and network management software, Virtual machine software, Virtualization