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Public cloud fuelled bulk of datacentre infrastructure spend in 2018, research shows

April 02, 2019 / Caroline Donnelly

The worldwide datacentre hardware and software market continued to go from strength to strength in 2018, fuelled by user demand for public cloud environments and higher-specification servers. Global spending in this market segment grew by 17% in 2018 to $150bn, according to Synergy Research Group’s annual datacentre hardware and software market tracker. The bulk of this growth can be attributed to the sales of public cloud-enabling datacentre hardware and software, with Synergy’s data showing a 30% year-on-year surge in spending in this area. Meanwhile, spending on datacentre hardware and software intended for use within private enterprise facilities grew more modestly at 13% in 2018, thanks to demand for private cloud deployments, which Synergy said helped offset a marginal decline in traditional, non-cloud infrastructures in this sector.