Worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 12,1% year over year to $2,9-billion during the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16).
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the market generated 1,693 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 31.8% compared to the same period a year ago.
“More and more, we are seeing end users looking beyond the hardware specs and performance metrics; end users in this market are looking for vendors that are adept at building and maintaining deep customer relationships,” says Kevin Permenter, senior research analyst: computing platforms at IDC. “Converged system vendors that are able to build these deep relationships with their customers are positioned for growth.”
IDC distinguishes between four product categories: Integrated Systems, Certified Reference Systems, Integrated Platforms, 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.
Like integrated systems, 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.
Integrated Platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customized system engineering optimized to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools.
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 second quarter of 2016, the combined Integrated Infrastructure and Certified Reference Systems markets generated revenues of $1,6-billion, which represented a year-over-year increase of 4,7% and 54,8% of the total market revenue.
EMC was the largest supplier of the combined Certified Reference Systems and Integrated Infrastructure categories with $699,58-million in revenue, or 43% share of this market segment. Please note that all VCE product brands, which became the EMC Converged Platforms Division, are reported under EMC starting with the first quarter of 2016 – all historical data from 2012 to 2015 will remain under the VCE vendor.
Integrated Platform revenue declined 3,5% year over year during the second quarter of 2016, generating $864,09-million in revenues. This amounted to 29,1% of the total market revenue. Oracle was the top-ranked supplier of Integrated Platforms in the quarter, generating revenues of $481,97-million and capturing a 55,8% share of the category.
Hyperconverged sales grew 137,5% year over year during the second quarter of 2016, generating $480,62-million in revenue. This amounted to 16,2% of the total market revenue. Please note the above hyperconverged systems revenues, like the other product categories listed here, exclude revenue from support and maintenance contracts.