HPE, Cisco and Microsoft have remained the leaders in the data centre infrastructure space which saw total expenditure reach $29 billion in Q3, a 3% increase yoy.
In the three main data centre infrastructure market segments, HPE led in enterprise data centre hardware (nearly 25% market share), Cisco led in service provider data centre hardware (13% market share) and Microsoft led in data centre software (nearly 70% market share).
In enterprise hardware, HPE was followed by Dell and Cisco, according to Synergy Research Group. Enterprise hardware accounts for over half of the market and in Q3 HPE extended its lead and grew its market share to 24%.
In the service provider hardware vertical, Cisco was followed by HPE and Dell respectively.
As for data centre software, the smallest of the three segments, Microsoft dominated, followed by VMware at 18% of the market share. ‘Others’ accounted for less than 14%.
Jeremy Duke, Synergy Research Group’s chief analyst, said: "The mass adoption of public cloud services has created the need for widespread deployment of hyperscale data centres and has led to record spending on service provider data centre equipment.
"While the market dynamics are different for private cloud, it too will drive enormous changes in the investment patterns for enterprise data centre hardware, software, and services."
According to Canalysis, the market for data centre IT infrastructure globally will reach $152 billion in 2016. Annual spending on data centre networking, compute and storage is expected to reach $120 billion this year.