Cloud-native technology tops the infrastructure software expense list | Knowledge of the data center

Omdia’s infrastructure software market forecasts provide revenue opportunity estimates for 12 key segments: database infrastructure and management, server virtualization, storage virtualization, network virtualization, desktop as a service and VDI, hyperconverged infrastructure, security multi and hybrid cloud management and orchestration, DevOps (release management), AIOps, container management platforms / services, and data center infrastructure management (DCIM). The forecast covers the period 2021-26 and spans four regions, eight sub-regions, 27 countries and 16 vertical sectors.

Key growth factors

The software infrastructure market was worth approximately $ 143 billion at the end of 2021. Omdia expects the market to grow at a 16% CAGR over the period from 2021 to 2026, which will make the market estimated at $ 296 billion by the end of. 2026. This growth is driven by the convergence of some key technologies that are shaping the technology landscape for the foreseeable future. The main technological trends are as follows:

  • The shift to greater use of edge computing and its integration with cloud environments is effectively extending the cloud to the edge for those latency-sensitive applications or workloads where data sovereignty and real-time responsiveness are characteristic. key.
  • Wider adoption of cloud computing, as 2021-26 will see increased cloud utilization for core mission-critical workloads, accelerated in part by the COVID-19 pandemic that forced companies to review operational activities and use the cloud for both resilience and agility.
  • Moving from legacy to cloud native, container, serverless and microservices and the need for platforms to manage the complex technologies required to deliver agility across a wide range of environments.
  • Extensive use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies that are integrated into multiple management tools, offering simplified operational management for a more complex technology landscape.
  • The increased use of abstraction or software-defined technologies to separate hardware infrastructure from business service delivery. The growth of environmental sustainability and the need for organizations to monitor and manage their carbon footprint.

The combined impact of this convergence is the need for IT infrastructure software that can deliver agility at the speed needed to meet business demand. While the cloud offers this functionality, the on-premise data center will remain an important part of any IT environment for the foreseeable future due to data sovereignty requirements, existing technical debt, and lack of cloud-related expertise. Moving to edge computing and edge cloud further complicates the software environment. Software infrastructure technologies must operate across and between these different worlds (cloud, edge and on-premise), effectively forming the hybrid bridge and ensuring that organizations can adopt the most appropriate architecture that fits their business strategy. Adding to this complexity is the need to meet increasingly stringent environmental requirements that governments will introduce as part of their globally agreed goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Main results and developments

Omdia estimates that the fastest growing segment over the forecast period will be the container management platforms / solutions market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of 37%. Hybrid and multi-cloud management and orchestration and DevOps release management are expected to grow at a CAGR of 27% over the period. These three markets are critical to the transition to a cloudy world where service delivery will depend on infrastructure typically provided by third parties, but quality of service remains the responsibility of the CIO. AIOP, storage virtualization, and network virtualization are three other segments that will grow by more than 21%, with CAGRs over the forecast period of 21.3%, 21.16% and 21.05%, respectively, or $ 2. 8 billion, $ 13.8 billion and $ 34.2 billion by the end of 2026. In terms of market size, the database infrastructure and management solutions segment will acquire a majority stake, but this share will decline from 50 % in 2021 to 43% in 2026, when the market will be worth $ 127 billion.

Omdia predicts that infrastructure software spending in the Americas will increase from $ 71 billion in 2021 to over $ 144 billion by the end of 2026. India is likely to be the fastest growing country with a 24.36% CAGR. , followed by China with a CAGR of 22.95% over the forecast period (2021–26).


Roy Illsley is the Chief Analyst of IT Ecosystem & Operations at Omdia. Roy’s main research areas include cloud computing, cloud-native technologies, IT strategy, IT operations management, and data center technologies.

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