The Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker® tracks the software-defined infrastructure (SDI) software market, its key components (compute, storage, and networking), and the top 10 leading vendors. The tracker details developments in vendor revenue by quarter, market segments, and revenue types. Understanding who are gaining or losing share and the variations in growth patterns is critical for software vendors, supply chain partners, and the investment community. Note: We will be tracking software revenue only; infrastructure hardware and professional services revenues are excluded.

Technology Coverage

The Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker will provide quarterly coverage (historical only) of vendor software revenue, delivered semiannually. The measurement for this tracker is the total software revenue. The total market is defined as the "software-defined infrastructure software" market. The following section lists the core coverage.

Core Coverage


  • Software-Defined Storage Controller Software
  • Software-Defined Networking Software
  • Software-Defined Compute Software

Submarkets (Within Software-Defined Compute Software):

  • Cloud System Software
  • Container Infrastructure Software
  • Virtual Machine Software

Geographic Scope

  • Worldwide only

Data Deliverables

This tracker is delivered on a semiannual basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative. The following are the deliverables for this tracker:

  • Quarterly vendor shares by market
  • Annual market forecast

Note: This is a semiannual release cycle, with quarterly data coverage. This means that every semiannual release will cover two new quarters.

  • Rasmus Andsbjerg

    Associate Vice President, Public Cloud Services and Software Trackers

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  • Greg Macatee

    Research Manager, Infrastructure Software Platforms, Worldwide Infrastructure Research

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  • Petr Jirovsky

    Senior Research Director, Network and Telecommunications

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  • Gary Chen

    Research Director, Software Defined Compute

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