Enterprise Software Defined Infrastructure Spend to Increase 14.4 Percent in 2016: Report

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Two-thirds of all enterprises will increase their spending on software defined infrastructure (SDI) in 2016, as software defined networking and software defined storage increase, according to a new study by 451 Research. The Voice of the Enterprise: Software Defined Infrastructure survey found that agility and flexibility is seen as the top benefit of SDI by 65 percent of enterprise IT professionals, and it projects overall enterprise SDI spend to rise 14.4 percent this year.

In Q4 2015 451 Research surveyed 900 IT professionals worldwide, and combined their responses with feedback from a huge panel of IT buyers and enterprise technology executives.

“As every business becomes a digital business, decision-makers are looking to improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of their overall IT environment; this is encouraging decision-makers to explore new IT delivery models,” Simon Robinson, Vice President of Research at 451 Research said in a statement.

Read more: As Cloud Adoption Grows, NetApp Focuses on a Software-Defined Approach to Storage and Data

SDI spending is increasing at 37.4 percent of companies, and SDS spending at 26.9 percent. Less than three percent plan to reduce their budget allocations for these technologies.

Only 21 percent of enterprises have implemented SDI so far, and 451 Research said that low maturity and a gap in internal skills are barriers to adoption. The firm recommends that vendors proactively communicate requirements for SDI adoption, and present case studies to educate enterprises on overcoming barriers.

VMware is the lead SDI vendor, with almost two-thirds of the market, followed by Cisco (39 percent) and Microsoft (28 percent), the survey found.

VMware announced a partnership with IBM to enable software-defined data center (SDDC) environments in February, shortly after a round of layoffs motivated by the company’s narrowing cloud focus.

451 Research will present a webinar on its 2016 SDI Outlook on Mar. 22.

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