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Sales of cloud-enabling infrastructure grew 25% in Q1, finds IDC

IDC cloud infrastructure tracker suggests enterprises are coming round to the idea of hybrid IT

The amount of money generated by sales of cloud-related infrastructure grew by more than 25% to nearly $6.3bn in the first quarter of 2015, as more enterprises come round to the idea of moving IT off premise.

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, this part of the IT market chalked up its second highest growth in the five quarters the analyst house has tracked its year-on-year revenue growth.

As a result of its Q1 performance, cloud-enabling technologies – including servers, storage and Ethernet switches – account for nearly 30% of the overall amount spent on IT infrastructure, up from 26.4% in 2014.

Hewlett-Packard retained its position as the worldwide leader of the cloud IT infrastructure market, with 15.7% share, followed by Dell (11.9%), Cisco (9.3%), EMC (7.2%), NetApp (4.4%) and Lenovo (3.6%).

Lenovo has seen its share of the market skyrocket over the past 12 months as a result of buying IBM’s x86 server unit in September 2014.  

Kuba Stolarski, research manager for server, virtualisation and workload research at IDC, said the results suggest enterprises are moving more of their IT to the cloud at a faster rate than before.  

“Cloud IT infrastructure growth continues to outpace the growth of the overall IT infrastructure market, driven by the transition of workloads onto cloud-based platforms.”

From a regional standpoint, the only areas that bucked this trend were central and eastern Europe, with both reporting a slump in sales of cloud infrastructure, which IDC attributed to the political and economic unrest affecting these areas.

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Revenue from infrastructure sales for private cloud environments were up 24.4% year-on-year and hit $2.4billion, while sales for public cloud grew 25.5% to $3.9bn over the same time period.

Stolarski said the steady growth in spending on both private and public cloud infrastructures suggests users are adopting a hybrid approach to IT delivery.

“Both private and public cloud infrastructures have been growing at a similar pace, suggesting customers are open to a broad array of hybrid deployment scenarios as they modernise their IT for the third platform, begin to deploy next-gen software systems and embrace modern management processes that enable agile, flexible and extensible cloud platforms,” he said.

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