Vendor revenue from sales of infrastructure products (server, storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud IT, including public and private cloud, grew by 25.1% year over year to nearly $6.3 billion in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15), according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker.
Cloud IT infrastructure spending climbed to nearly 30% of overall IT infrastructure spending in Q1 2015, up from 26.4% a year ago. Revenue from infrastructure sales for private cloud grew 24.4% year over year to $2.4 billion while sales for public cloud grew 25.5% to $3.9 billion.
In comparison, the non-cloud IT infrastructure segment increased by 6.1% in the first quarter, largely driven by increased sales of servers while storage sales declined and sales of Ethernet switches grew just by 1%. All three technology markets showed strong year-over-year growth in both private and public cloud segments, with servers experiencing the highest growth at 28% and 33%, respectively.
Cloud Spending In 2014
In Q4 2014, total cloud IT infrastructure spending grew by 14.4% year over year to $8.0B, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. For the full year 2014, cloud IT infrastructure spending totaled $26.4B, up 18.7% year over year from $22.3B.
“Cloud IT infrastructure growth continues to outpace the growth of the overall IT infrastructure market, driven by the transition of workloads onto cloud-based platforms,” said Kuba Stolarski, Research Manager, Server, Virtualization and Workload Research, IDC. “Both private and public cloud infrastructures have been growing at a similar pace, suggesting that customers are open to a broad array of hybrid deployment scenarios as they modernize their IT for the 3rd Platform, begin to deploy next-gen software solutions, and embrace modern management processes that enable agile, flexible, and extensible cloud platforms.”
IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker is designed to provide clients with a better understanding of what portion of the server, disk storage systems, and networking hardware markets are being deployed in cloud environments.