Spending on server, storage and enterprise networking equipment in India is forecast to reach ₹14,958.86 crore ($2.2 billion) in 2017, a 15% increase from last year, according to market research firm Gartner.

"Digital transformation is bringing in new sets of challenges and opportunities for Indian infrastructure leaders," said Naveen Mishra, research director at Gartner. "They have the unique opportunity of being at the helm of this shift within their organisation, provided they align with the imperatives of the digital world. Modern, lean, agile and secure infrastructure is the business need."

Digital workplace is the new mantra for enterprises as more digital natives join the workforce. Business and IT leaders are focused on building an agile infrastructure that can address the needs of the changing workforce demographics. Cloud computing is expected to become pervasive as an infrastructure layer, given its elasticity, and it creates a need for IT leaders to plan for managing various cloud options.

Enterprise networking is the biggest segment within the Indian IT infrastructure market with revenue expected to reach ₹7,479.43 crore ($1.1 billion) in 2017. Software defined networking, SD-WAN are other options which organisations are evaluating while they build their next generation network infrastructure, to enable a seamless digital experience for customers, employees and partners.

“With a revenue projection of ₹2,393.42 crore ($352 million) in 2017, storage investment will witness a small increase primarily driven by technology alternatives such as SDS, and flash based storage coupled with continued focus on SAN based storage,” said Mishra.