Omdia estimates that the infrastructure software market will grow from $143 billion in 2021 to $296 billion by the end of 2026. Its forecast estimates income opportunities for 12 key segments spanning four regions, eight sub-regions, 27 countries, and 16 vertical industries.
Database infrastructure and management
Desktop as a Service and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Management and organization of multi- and hybrid clouds
DevOps (release management)
Container management platforms/services
Data Center Infrastructure Management
At the end of 2021, the infrastructure software market was worth approximately $143 billion. Omdia predicts that the market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16 percent between 2021 and 2026, bringing the market to a value of $296 billion by the end of 2026. This growth is driven by the convergence of several technologies that will shape the technology landscape for the foreseeable future.
Key technology trends:
- Increasing use of peripheral computing and integration with cloud environments. This trend effectively extends the cloud to the edge for latency-sensitive applications or workloads where data sovereignty and real-time responsiveness are critical. The accelerated adoption was partly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced companies to rethink their operations and embrace the cloud for agility and agility.
- Moving from legacy solutions to the cloud, containerized, serverless, and microservices. This trend is exacerbated by the requirement for platforms to manage the complex technologies needed to provide flexibility in different environments.
- Increased use of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. AI and machine learning are integrated into several management tools, simplifying operational management for a more complex technology environment.
- Greater use of abstractions or software-defined technologies to separate hardware infrastructure from business service delivery.
- Development of environmental sustainability. Organizations must track and manage their carbon footprint.
The cumulative effect of this convergence is the demand for IT infrastructure software that can be flexible at the speed the business needs. While the cloud provides this capability, due to data sovereignty requirements, existing technical debt, and a lack of cloud skills, the on-premises data center will remain an important part of any IT environment for the foreseeable future.
Edge Computing and moving to the edge cloud further complicates the software landscape. The software infrastructure technologies that work between these different worlds (cloud, edge, and on-premise) must effectively form a hybrid bridge so that organizations can adopt the most appropriate architecture to suit their business strategy.
This situation is the need to comply with increasingly stringent environmental requirements that governments are introducing as part of globally agreed targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Omdia estimates that this segment will be the fastest growing during the forecast period. The container management platform/solutions market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 37%.
Hybrid and multi-cloud management and orchestration and DevOps release management are expected to grow at a CAGR of 27%. Increases over the period under review. These three markets are central to the transition to the cloud world, where services typically depend on third-party infrastructure, but service quality remains the responsibility of the CIO. AIOP, storage virtualization, and network virtualization are three other segments expected to grow by more than 21 percent during the forecast period.
In terms of market size, the database infrastructure and database management solutions segment have the most share, but this share will decrease from 50 percent in 2021 to 43 percent by 2026, when the market value is 127 billion dollars, according to ITPro Today.