Gartner: India IT Infrastructure Spending to Reach $2 Billion in 2015

BANGALORE:  The Indian data center infrastructure market, comprising of server, storage and networking equipment, will total $2.03 billion in 2015, a 5.4 percent increase from 2014 revenue of $1.92 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. India will be the second largest market for data center infrastructure within the Asia or Pacific region, and it will also be the second fastest growing market in Asia or Pacific in 2015.

Gartner analysts will provide the latest outlook on the Indian data center market and related issues at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, scheduled 14-_17 of October, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Goa. The theme for this year’s conference is driving digital business, and the 2014 agenda will provide full coverage of the game-changing forces at work in enterprise IT.

“A strong return to growth is expected next year in the Indian data center infrastructure market, and the market will be buoyed by an overall increase in sentiments and a strong resurgence of growth-related projects across verticals such as banking, insurance, telecom and the government segment,” said Aman Munglani, research director at Gartner. ”While much of the SMB segment is likely to focus on infrastructure build up, large enterprises within the segments mentioned above will look at infrastructure replacement and growth related projects covering mobility, cloud and big data.”

Indian enterprises will be focusing on building intelligent data centers that focus on optimizing existing hardware assets by using additional software capabilities. This will drive increased attention on newer trends such as public cloud, and integrated systems.

Within the Indian IT infrastructure market, server revenue is forecast to reach $677 million in 2015, a 3 percent increase over 2014 (see Table 1). This will be the first year of positive growth post the decline of 5.3 percent in 2013 and the 2.1 percent decrease expected in 2014. There are numerous drivers for compute capacity- for example the Nexus of Forces (encompassing cloud, social, mobile and information) creates a whole host of new workloads that will need servers to provision the compute capacity. Density, power consumption and performance are some of the top concerns on the minds of end user organizations.

Enterprise networking is the biggest segment with revenue expected to reach $948 million in 2015. Data center consolidation and virtualization, along with cloud and mobility, are the key trends influencing network purchases. There is great potential for both users and vendors to leverage some of the emerging technologies to be ready for the future.

The storage market is forecast to reach $409 million in 2015, a 7 percent increase from this year. Storage modernization and consolidation, backup and recovery, and disaster recovery are some of the key drivers to this market, and they are likely to remain relevant drivers over the forecast period through 2018. A strong recovery within the telecommunication segment, coupled with growth within the manufacturing and the government segment, will continue to drive market growth.