Infotech Lead Asia: The Indian IT infrastructure market will grow at 9.7 percent to $2.1 billion in 2013.
Indian IT infrastructure market includes server, storage and networking equipment.
Despite economic challenges, India provides strong growth opportunities across segments including infrastructure. Infrastructure alone is expected to surpass $2.9 billion in 2017.
Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner, said: “Big data, cloud, social and mobility are finding real-time business driven use cases which is bringing a paradigm shift in the way IT is delivering business impact and hence, changing the role of an Indian CIO.
The growth in the Indian IT infrastructure market is driven by hardware refresh, optimization and consolidation efforts.
New data center build out, primarily driven by service providers, is providing added impetus to this market.
The server market accounts for the biggest chunk of the market totaling $753 million in 2013 and is forecast to reach $962.3 million in 2017.
Increased uptake of x86 based technologies, coupled with continued investment in virtualization, will drive server growth. Virtualization is extending beyond servers and is setting the stage for private cloud adoption in many of the leading organizations.
Table 1: Indian IT Infrastructure Revenue By Technology (Millions of U.S. Dollars)
Source: Gartner, (May 2013)
External controller-based storage is the fastest growing segment with revenue growing from $374.2 million in 2013 to $702.3 million in 2017.
While managing the storage demands is one of the biggest problems faced by Indian users, approaches such as tiered storage are helping to optimize storage needs. Integrating software driven intelligence in the storage market is another phenomenon which is gaining traction in India.
New data center implementations to meet server consolidation and virtualization needs, combined with campus upgrades, and growing adoption of multimedia applications and mobility, are driving the networking market.