The anticipated slow growth in the Indian IT infrastructure market till 2020 will pose significant challenges to enterprise networking vendors such as Cisco, HPE, Juniper Networks, Huawei, Lenovo, Oracle, IBM, Dell, EMC, among others.
The Indian IT infrastructure market is likely to grow at a slower pace in each year till 2020, Gartner’s latest forecast shows.
The research firm sees the market would be worth $1.9 billion in 2016, a 1 percent increase from 2015. It will climb to $2.02 billion next year to reach $2.13 billion in 2020.
IT infrastructure players
The prominence of IT infrastructure has gone beyond from being just a foundation on which businesses are built. Today’s business landscape demands firm and safe infrastructure which help enterprises to foresee changes even before it happens.
Businesses are aggressively transforming their IT infrastructure to adopt the technologies of the era. The trend shows enterprises are moving in favour of the cloud technology.
Cisco has helped Maharashtra’s emerging IT hub Amanora Park Town to become India’s first ever Connected Real Township.
The Amanora citizens avail all basic amenities like domestic commodities, entertainment and infotainment through a smart card.
The entire township is fully automated and managed through a single pane of management from the centrally located Data Center.
Cisco said the Infrastructure would be cost effective, scalable and flexible enough to address the current requirement and future growth aspirations of Amanora and its citizen.
Dell on the other hand, has helped CarePoint Health to upgrade its IT with Dell Software-Defined Infrastructure and Services, resulting in a reduction in the New Jersey-based hospital chain’s capital expenses by $15 million.
Further, HCL says organizations cannot become digital overnight and it has expertise and the tools to help enterprises to transform digitally.
The Indian IT company has secured IT transformation deal with Volvo Group in February. Under the deal, HCL will use its 21st Century Enterprise Framework to deliver on a technology transformation roadmap for optimising Volvo Group’s infrastructure and application operations.
That’s how the company will make the vehicle-manufacturert ready for the rapid advancements in business enabling technology such as cloud, automation, business intelligence and big data.
In January, HCL Technologies has won a new IT Infrastructure partnership with Alstom, a world leader in the supply of a range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector.
Indian IT major TCS offers a number of IT infrastructure solutions. The company has helped a number of clients, including a US-based measurement instrument manufacturer, Star Alliance, a multinational alcoholic beverages company, US discount retailer and many more, to fix their IT infrastructure.
Cognizant also offers a number of IT infrastructure solutions. Clients including the Future Group, which was facing operational complexity due to its huge size, have transformed their business with Cognizant’s infrastructure solutions.
IT infrastructure investment areas
Gartner research director Naveen Mishra says Indian enterprises will continue to focus on optimizing their infrastructure and operations budgets in 2016. “Optimization is primarily driven with an objective to create next generation data center architecture that can support the ever increasing challenges of digital business.”
The emergence of bimodal IT has led to lot of investments in Mode 1, and is an increasing focus on building Mode 2 infrastructure.
The IT infrastructure market includes server, storage and enterprise networking equipment.
Recent trend shows areas such as cloud, software defined storage and network coupled with integrated systems are attracting investments.
The research firm says public cloud is increasingly becoming relevant for data center managers and IT leaders in India.
Though it’s in the early days, DevOps is another area which is gaining traction in India within IT operations teams.
Enterprise networking is the biggest segment within the Indian IT infrastructure market with revenue expected to total $848 million in 2016.
Indian IT infrastructure revenue from storage is expected to be worth $253 million this year, down from $262 million last year. The decline would be due to improved price performance.
Further, Gartner report found that enterprises are increasingly investing in software defined storage, evaluating alternate, cheaper devices, such as flash storage.
IT and software companies operating in India feel so much encouraged with the current government’s Start-up India, Smart City, Digital India and Make in India missions.
Gartner forecasts India’s IT spending to grow 7.2 percent annually, to reach $72.3 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, IDC says growth would be 8 percent driven by software and services.