VMware, IBM, Microsoft are top cloud system managers, IDC says

Users are reconsidering how to manage workloads in the cloud

Research firm IDC is out with its latest estimates on who the leaders of the cloud systems management market are and some familiar names top the list: VMware, IBM and Microsoft.

IDC VMware IBM Microsoft cloud systems management market share IDC

IDC Worldwide Cloud systems management software market share 

IDC defines cloud systems management as software tooling with the following functionality: Workload scheduling and automation; change, performance and event management; and troubleshooting. IDC expects that by the end of 2017 80% of enterprises will commit to using hybrid cloud computing that uses multiple public cloud providers along with private cloud or non-cloud resources, IDC’s report states.

“Customers are using this transition to reevaluate and streamline their in-house management software,” the Worldwide cloud systems management software market share report notes.

Overall, IDC says the cloud systems management software was a $2.9 billion market in 2015, up almost 25% from the year prior. VMware held the top market share with 22.6% of the market. IBM had the next highest at 12.9% and Microsoft was right behind IBM at 12.6%. Microsoft had the fastest growing market share for cloud systems management, up 34% compared to VMware growing at 27.9% and IBM only growing at 8.1%.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, BMC and Cisco rounded out the list of the other named vendors in IDC’s report. Almost one-third of the market is made up of all the other vendors selling cloud systems management software.

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