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Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker

The Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker® tracks the software-defined infrastructure (SDI) software market, key components of this market (compute, storage, and networking), and the top 10 leading vendors in the market. Please note we will be tracking software revenue only — infrastructure hardware and professional services revenues are excluded. The tracker details developments in vendor revenue by quarter, by market segments, and by revenue types. Understanding who are gaining or losing share and variations in growth patterns is critical for software vendors, supply chain partners, and the investment community.

Technology Coverage

The Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker will provide quarterly coverage (historical only) of vendor software revenue, delivered semiannually. The measurement for this tracker is the total software revenue. The total market is defined as the "software-defined infrastructure software" market. The following section lists the core coverage:

Core Coverage


  • Software-Defined Storage Controller Software
  • Software-Defined Networking Software
  • Software-Defined Compute Software

Submarkets (Within Software-Defined Compute Software):

  • Cloud System Software
  • Container Infrastructure Software
  • Virtual Machine Software

Software Revenue Type:

  • Software License
  • Software Maintenance
  • Subscriptions

Geographic Scope

  • Worldwide only

Data Deliverables

This tracker is delivered on a semiannual basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative. The following are the deliverables for this tracker:

  • Quarterly vendor shares by market

Note: This is a semiannual release cycle, with quarterly data coverage. This means that every semiannual release will cover two new quarters.