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Cisco and HP Tied as Cloud Infrastructure Equipment Leaders

By Laura Stotler June 09, 2015

When it comes to powering the cloud infrastructure market, Cisco and HP are in a dead heat. The companies are tied for the enviable leadership position when it comes to equipment powering cloud IaaS, according to first quarter data from Synergy Research Group.

Cisco is clearly at the top of the game for public cloud infrastructure, while HP is leading in the private cloud front, with HP’s growth slightly ahead of Cisco’s over the past year. Each of the companies captured a little over 13 percent of the worldwide market share for cloud infrastructure equipment in the first quarter, a market that was worth more than $14.5 billion in that quarter alone. The other leading equipment vendors for both hardware and software include Microsoft, Dell, IBM, EMC, VMware and Lenovo.

"With both public and private cloud usage booming we are seeing surging investment in infrastructure to build clouds," said Jeremy Duke, founder and chief analyst of Synergy Research Group. "While Cisco and HP are clearly benefitting from this boom they are not the only ones. Several other vendors have seen year-on-year cloud revenue growth rates in excess of 20 percent, while ODMs are also benefitting from hyperscale cloud providers outsourcing the supply of their own-designed hardware."

Other trends like network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are also impacting the cloud infrastructure equipment market as service providers seek out more efficient and cost effective ways to compute, store and network increasingly massive amounts of data. In fact, as a standalone solution, the global NFV market is expected to reach $8.7 billion by 2020, growing at a phenomenal 83.1 percent CAGR between 2015 and 2020. That forecast comes from Research and Markets, which predicts NFV will completely transform the telecom and service provider landscapes.       

Microsoft and VMware dominate on this front because of their leadership positions in the server OS market and virtualization apps, respectively. Cisco’s leadership position has been cemented by success in networking and servers, while HP dominates the markets in cloud servers with a growing storage position. IBM is the most diversified of the top players, maintaining its position across a broad range of cloud infrastructure markets.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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