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Software-Defined Infrastructure: Compute and Storage

IDC's Software-Defined Infrastructure: Compute and Storage service provides coverage of developing technologies, use cases, emerging vendors, business models, buyer case studies, and market estimates for software-defined infrastructure (SDI). SDI is made up of three key submarkets, including software-defined compute (including virtualization and containerization), software-defined storage (which includes block, file, object, and hyperconverged), and software-defined networking. This is an important market for IDC to cover, given that the industry overall is moving slowly in the direction of SDI. SDI adoption is being driven by strong demand from both enterprises and cloud providers of all sizes. Clients will benefit from a comprehensive and holistic view of the SDI market.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Market landscape of SDI suppliers, product, and services
  • Adoption of hardware platforms aka server-based storage (SBS) in enterprises and cloud services providers
  • Penetration of emerging storage technologies like NVMe and storage-class memory in SDS platforms
  • The growth of software-defined networking technologies, in the context of storage and compute
  • The impact of software-based virtualization platforms in driving the further penetration of SDI across the industry
  • Go-to-market strategies for SDI solutions in both the enterprise and the cloud provider markets

Core Research

  • IDC's taxonomy on SDI
  • SDI hardware and software revenue (and capacity) split by various delivery models, data organization schemes, and operating modes
  • End-user adoption and requirements for SDI, including workload and buyer profiles
  • Profiles of new and emerging suppliers of products and services to the SDI market
  • Outlook for SDI in enterprises and at cloud service providers

In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.


Key Questions Answered

  1. How are enterprise and cloud provider customers moving to SDI on technology refresh and for new workloads?
  2. What are the main factors driving organizations' investments in SDI?
  3. Which workloads are being commonly moved to SDI, and which are staying on other architectures and why?
  4. What is the storage revenue and capacity by SDS data organization, operating mode, and delivery models?
  5. What capabilities and functional requirements are shaping vendor investments in SDI as well as the key submarkets (SBS, SDS, and SDN)?
  6. How will the ecosystem evolve to enable the maximization of value for SDI?
  7. What role is open source software and standards playing in the development of the SDI market?

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Eric Burgener

Research Vice President, Storage

Eric Sheppard

Research Vice President, Server and Storage Infrastructure

Natalya Yezhkova

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