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February 3, 2010

Asia-Pacific infrastructure management software market to rebound in 2010, says IDC

Expects to return to double-digit growth rates up to 2014

By CBR Staff Writer

The infrastructure management software in the Asia-Pacific region excluding Japan (APEJ), is expected rebound in 2010 and experience a 12% year-on-year growth and return to double-digit growth rates during the period up to 2014, according to IDC.

IDC said that vendors have been leveraging their resources to bridge financial and skills gaps their clients faced in order to help their users through the tough times. In addition, vendors are coming up with partner programs and targeted offerings aligned to businesses and industries to be ready to tap the market growth.

Vendors of the infrastructure management software market have also focused on themes such as virtualisation, optimisation and data centres. While mergers and acquisitions have slowed in pace, more strategic partnerships and initiatives such as those created by Cisco, EMC and VMware have been implemented to target datacentres, IDC said.

In the sub-region, the infrastructure software market of the Greater China region and South East Asia and India region, driven by large emerging markets such as the PRC and India are where the key growth opportunities will remain for infrastructure management software in terms of both storage software, and systems and network management software. The Australia and New Zealand region is expected to show good growth in the storage software markets.

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According to IDC, the functional products that are growing in demand in the APEJ infrastructure management software market include archiving software, storage management software, change and configuration and performance management. Products in these markets are focused on automation, improving efficiency and management which are in line with the growing needs of users to drive value from their infrastructure.

Daphne Chung, senior research manager of IDC’s Asia/Pacific Infrastructure Software, Domain Research Group, said: “Business has regained confidence now and we are seeing mission-critical projects and priority projects linked to business needs to lead the way in the infrastructure management software market in APEJ.

However, the crisis has modified the manner in which projects are returning. A high focus on business value, return on investment (ROI), and shorter, modular type projects are more typical.”

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