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The continued rise of converged systems

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According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarerly Converged Systems Tracker, the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 6,2% year over year to $2,5-billion during the third quarter of 2015 (3Q15).
The market generated 1 261 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 34,8% compared to the same period a year ago.
“The overall market is showing growth but that growth is primarily driven by very rapid growth in the hyperconverged systems market,” says Kevin Permenter, senior research analyst: enterprise servers at IDC. “Smaller and more flexible systems, like the ones found in the hyperconverged space, were well positioned to take advantage of the burgeoning mid-market customer segment this quarter.”
IDC distinguishes between three market segments: Integrated Systems, Certified Reference Systems, and Hyperconverged Systems.
* Integrated systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software.
* Certified reference systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment, and basic element/systems management software. Certified reference systems, however, are designed with systems from multiple technology vendors.
* Hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualized solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same server-based resources.
During the third quarter of 2015, the Integrated Systems market generated revenues of $1,59-billion, which represented a year-over-year decline of -1,41% and 62,3% of the total market value. VCE was the largest supplier of Integrated Systems with $442,82-million in sales, or 27,8% share of the market segment.
Certified Reference Systems sales grew 0,31% year over year during the third quarter of 2015, generating more than $680-million worth of sales. This amounted to 26,8% of the total market value. Cisco/NetApp was the top-ranked supplier of Certified Reference Systems in the quarter, generating revenues of $308,96-million and capturing a 45,18% share of the market segment.
Hyperconverged sales grew 155,3% year over year during the third quarter of 2015, generating more than $278,8-million worth of sales. This amounted to 10,9% of the total market value.