Worldwide Virtual Machine and Cloud System Software Forecast Update, 2016–2020
This IDC study provides a top-down sizing of the virtual machine and cloud system software market in 2015 and a 2016–2020 forecast for this market. Historical and forecast revenue data is shown for the total worldwide market, and forecast revenue data is broken out by region and operating environment.According to Gary Chen, research manager, IDC's Cloud and Virtualization System Software, "Virtual machine software continues to be a foundational technology for the modern datacenter and cloud computing, but saturation of mature markets, the embedding of virtualization into a larger stack, and changes in VMware's business model are changing the revenue outlook significantly, although shipments remain healthy. We are seeing Microsoft competing much harder against VMware and open source platforms and containers gaining traction underneath cloud system software, which will adversely affect ASPs. Cloud system software and software containers make up a small market and face many challenges, but this market is predicted to become a more significant factor in the outer years of the forecast period."