New research predicts that the global software-defined data center (SDDC) market will reach a value of $83 billion over the next five years, driven by the adoption of advanced data center management software. The market, which will grow at a rate of more than 25 percent each year over the forecast period, is worth 25.6 billion today, according to a new MarketsandMarkets report.
Other forces driving SDDC adoption include demand for cost effective solutions, increased data center agility and scalability, and the ability to centrally manage the entire data center, according to the report. These demands are tied to the massive increase in data center traffic that most enterprises have seen over the last several years as they’ve become development organizations, deployed customer-facing applications and accommodated a rapidly increasing number of connected devices.
MarketsandMarkets segments the SDDC market into the following categories: software-defined networking (SDN), which is expected to grow the most quickly; software-defined storage (SDS) and software-defined compute (SDC). According to the report, SDN is the key element of integrated management of enterprise resources, centralized security control and dynamic provisioning of networking resources, and it can significantly reduce operational costs.
Researchers also predict a concurrent rise in demand for SDDC-related services over the next five years, with managed services standing to gain the most traction as large enterprises turn to MSPs to help them roll out and manage complex SDDC environments. Providers of consulting, integration and deployment services will also benefit from growing SDDC adoption.