The worldwide integrated infrastructure and platforms market increased revenue 39 percent year over year to $1.95 billion during the first quarter of 2014, according to the International Data Corp. “Worldwide Quarterly Integrated Infrastructure and Platforms Tracker.” The market generated 653.8 petabytes of new storage capacity shipments during the quarter, which was up 72 percent compared with the same period a year ago.

IDC distinguishes between two market segments: integrated platforms and integrated infrastructure. Integrated platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customized system engineering optimized to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing, and integration tools.

Integrated infrastructure systems are designed for general purpose, distributed workloads that are likely to have differing performance profiles. While integrated infrastructure is similar to integrated platforms in that it will leverage the same infrastructure building blocks, IDC says, it’s not optimized for a specific workload.

During the first quarter of 2014, the integrated platforms market generated revenues of $770 million, which represented an 8 percent year-over-year growth rate and 40 percent of the total market value. Integrated infrastructure sales rose 69 percent year over year during the first quarter of 2014, generating nearly $1.2 billion worth of sales.

"As the market moves to the Third Platform, IT customers are seeking to leverage cloud, social, mobile and big data in their businesses,” Jed Scaramella, research director, enterprise servers at IDC, said in a statement. “Transforming an IT environment requires a new approach to systems. Many customers see the convergence of server, storage and networking in Integrated Systems as a means to deliver IT efficiency and agility. IDC expects to see more workload-optimized systems come to market in the near term."

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