This IDC study provides a top-down sizing of the virtual machine market in 2017 and a 2018–2022 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market. Virtual machine software is a competitive market in IDC's software taxonomy and a submarket of software-defined compute software. Virtual machine software includes hypervisor revenue derived from traditional server virtualization deployments and does not include hypervisor revenue that is bundled with cloud system software for cloud deployments.
According to Gary Chen, research manager, IDC's Software-Defined Compute, "Virtual machine software continues to be a foundational technology even as customers move to cloud architectures and containers. The virtual machine software market has been remarkably resilient and will continue to grow positively over the next five years, despite being highly mature and approaching saturation."
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