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Strong Growth Projected for IT Consolidation Market

Quoting from a news release by HP

HP today unveiled new research that indicates IT consolidation will grow at a strong rate in the coming years.

The research, conducted by market intelligence firm IDC, reveals that the IT consolidation market is expected to grow 6.5 percent from 2004 to 2009, from $18.1 billion to $24.7 billion, outpacing growth of the overall IT market.

The IT consolidation market forecast figures reveal growth trends within each of the four major enterprise technology categories that HP serves: storage, servers, infrastructure software and services.

With a portfolio that spans the data center to the workplace, HP has positioned itself to lead the growing IT consolidation market. HP IT Consolidation, an HP Adaptive Enterprise solution, includes standards-based hardware, software and services that enable customers to reduce their data centers, consolidate servers and storage systems, integrate application environments and address other consolidation needs.

According to the report:

  • Infrastructure software for consolidation is expected to grow 13.1 percent – more than twice the rate of the underlying IT consolidation market. In part, this growth reflects an increasing acceptance of the need for, and benefits to be gained through, virtualization and centralized management.
  • Consolidation will play a significant role in driving server and storage sales. Server consolidation’s share of the overall server revenue is predicted to grow to 12.6 percent in 2009 (up from 9.5 percent in 2004). Similarly, the storage consolidation market is expected to grow to 17.3 percent (up from 13.9 percent in 2004).
  • Consolidation growth will occur in heterogeneous environments: Linux, 14.4 percent; Windows®, 9.8 percent; and UNIX®, 1.2 percent. Linux represents an emerging growth opportunity for consolidation, particularly for servers and software (22.3 percent and 22.0 percent, respectively).

The need for IT consolidation and its underlying technologies have gained widespread acceptance in recent years. A separate IDC consolidation survey of 400 senior IT executives revealed that 60 percent view consolidation as an important step towards dynamic IT, while 80 percent are actively consolidating.

Read the rest, here.

Published Sunday, June 11, 2006 8:43 AM by David Marshall
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