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Oracle leading as vendor revenue grows in integrated systems market

30 Mar 15

Vendor revenue for the worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased 19.4% year over year to $2.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14).

According to IDC, the market generated 1.2 exabytes of new capacity during the year, which was up 42.2% compared to same period a year ago.

For the full year 2014, worldwide integrated systems revenues increased 28.9% year over year to $9.4 billion, while new storage capacity shipments grew 52.8% to 3.5 exabytes.

"The integrated systems market continued to exhibit strong momentum throughout 2014 and represents a growth opportunity for IT vendors," says Jed Scaramella, IDC research director, enterprise servers.

"The industry saw competitive dynamics shift in 2014 with major vendors completing company privatisation and acquisitions, as well as many forming new partnerships.

“These actions are sure to set a new competitive landscape for 2015,” says Scaramella.

"An expanding number of organisations around the world are turning to integrated systems as a way to address longstanding and difficult infrastructure challenges," says Eric Sheppard, IDC research director, storage.

"This drove $2.1 billion of net-new spending in 2014 and makes these solutions an increasingly rare source of high growth within the broader infrastructure marketplace."

Integrated Platforms vs. Integrated Infrastructure

IDC distinguishes between two market segments: Integrated Platforms and Integrated Infrastructure.

Integrated platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customised system engineering optimised to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools.

Integrated infrastructure systems are designed for general-purpose, distributed workloads that are likely to have differing performance profiles.

While integrated infrastructure is similar to integrated platforms in that it will leverage the same infrastructure building blocks, it is not optimised for a specific workload.

IDC says the Integrated Platforms market was essentially flat during the fourth quarter, generating $917 million in sales on 0.4% year-over-year growth rate.

Oracle was the largest supplier of Integrated Platform Systems with $371 million in sales, or 40.5% share of the market segment.

Top 3 Vendors, Worldwide Integrated Platforms, Fourth Quarter of 2014 (Revenues are in Millions)


4Q14 Revenue

4Q14 Market Share

4Q13 Revenue

4Q13 Market Share

4Q14 /4Q13 Revenue Growth

1. Oracle






2. IBM






3. HP






All Others






Total Factory Value






Integrated Infrastructure sales grew 31.9% year over year during the fourth quarter 2014 to $1.8 billion in total sales. VCE was the top-ranked supplier of Integrated Infrastructure in the quarter, generating revenues of $521 million and capturing a 28.6% share of the market segment.

Top 3 Vendors, Worldwide Integrated Infrastructure, Fourth Quarter of 2014 (Revenues are in Millions) 


4Q14 Revenue

4Q14 Market Share

4Q13 Revenue

4Q13 Market Share

4Q14 /4Q13 Revenue Growth

1. VCE






2. Cisco/NetApp






3. EMC/Cisco






All Others






Total Factory Value






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