Published: September 10th, 2018

Technology vendors should jump on the composable/disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) market now while there’s still plenty of market share to scoop up, according a new report from the International Data Corporation.

IDC released its CDI market forecast last week, and while the technology remains quite nascent – making up only 4.1 per cent of the overall server market by 2023, according to estimates – there is a huge upside for vendors to aggressively invest in CDI to gather a bigger market share. IDC projects the CDI market to aggressively grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 58.2 per cent, reaching nearly $3.4 billion in 2022. Customers eyeing private cloud will play a big part in this growth, says Ashish Nadkarni, group vice-president for infrastructure systems, platforms and technology at IDC.

“New IT on-premises infrastructure deployments, mostly in the form of private cloud, will fuel aggressive investments in composable/disaggregated infrastructure,” said Nadkarni. “The maturity of newer low-latency and high-bandwidth fabrics such NVMeoF and Gen-Z, and associated interconnects will accelerate the development of newer CDI products and solutions.”

HPE takes a shot at Dell’s new PowerEdge MX

On the heels of IDC’s latest report on the CDI market, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise touted its own composable infrastructure technology and took a shot at Dell EMC’s latest push into the composable market.

“We firmly believe that our unique approach means HPE still has far and away the best composable technology available,” wrote Gary Thome, chief technologist of software defined infrastructure and cloud, in a blog post. “Dell EMC’s composable offering focuses on trying to match our technology but the company certainly cannot rival our ecosystem of software partners, which is an essential element to usable composable infrastructure.”

Dell has said the latest line of PowerEdge servers, launching Sept. 12, is designed for the software-defined data centre and includes a modular infrastructure supporting multiple generations of technology releases.