HPE, Cisco maintain cloud infrastructure market lead, but Dell is in pursuit

December 21, 2016
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Dive Brief:

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) once again is the leader in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, according to new Q3 data from Synergy Research Group.

    Dive Brief:

    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) once again is the leader in the cloud infrastructure equipment market, according to new Q3 data from Synergy Research Group. HPE is followed closely by Cisco.
    • But now that the Dell EMC merger is complete, the technology giant is poised to threaten HPE and Cisco’s market hold in the coming quarters. 
    • According to Synergy, total cloud infrastructure equipment revenues, including public and private cloud, hardware and software, are expected to reach $70 billion in 2016 and continue to grow at a double-digit pace.

    Dive Insight:

    HPE and Cisco have been neck and neck in the cloud infrastructure equipment market for the last sixteen quarters, pulling in nearly identical revenue. But now that Dell Technologies operates under a single, defined strategy, it is poised to have a heavy presence in enterprises across sectors, threatening HPE’s lead in several areas. According to Synergy, Dell EMC is the second-ranked server vendor and has a clear lead on storage.

    No matter who leads the market, research indicates public cloud will continue to drive strong market growth overall.
     
    John Dinsdale, a Chief Analyst and Research Director at Synergy Research Group, says growth in private cloud infrastructure is slowing down as enterprises shift more attention and workloads to the public cloud. Because of this, cloud vendors will continue to require infrastructure shipments, driving the market.


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