Revenues for the worldwide converged systems market have grown 4.6% year-on-year to ₹17,678.66 crore ($2.6 billion) during the first quarter of 2017, according to market research firm IDC. The market consumed 1.48 exabytes of new storage capacity during the quarter, which was up only 7.1% compared to the same period a year ago.

"Converged systems have become an important source of innovation and growth for the data centre infrastructure market," said Eric Sheppard, research director, Enterprise Storage and Converged Systems. “These solutions represent a conduit for the key technologies driving much needed data centre modernisation and efficiencies such as flash, software-defined infrastructure and private cloud platforms."

IDC's converged systems market view offers four segments: integrated infrastructure, certified reference systems, integrated platforms and hyperconverged systems.

Integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems are pre-integrated, vendor-certified systems containing server hardware, disk storage systems, networking equipment and basic element/systems management software. Integrated Platforms are integrated systems that are sold with additional pre-integrated packaged software and customised system engineering optimised to enable such functions as application development software, databases, testing and integration tools.

Lastly, hyperconverged systems collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualised solution. A key characteristic of hyperconverged systems that differentiate these solutions from other integrated systems is their scale-out architecture and their ability to provide all compute and storage functions through the same x86 server-based resources.

During the first quarter of 2017, the combined integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems market generated revenues of ₹9,315.29 crore ($1.37 billion), which represented a year-over-year decrease of 3.3% and 51.3% of the total market. Dell was the largest supplier of this combined market segment with ₹4,404.71 crore ($647.8 million) in sales, or 47.2% share of the market segment.

Meanwhile, integrated platform sales declined 13.3% year over year during the first quarter of 2017, generating ₹4,323.79 crore ($635.9 million) worth of sales. This amounted to 23.8% of the total market revenue. Oracle was the top-ranked supplier of integrated platforms during the quarter, generating revenues of ₹2,370.98 crore ($348.7 million) and capturing a 54.8% share of the market segment.

Hyperconverged sales grew 64.7% year over year during the first quarter of 2017, generating ₹4,522.34 crore ($665.1 million) worth of sales. This amounted to 24.9% of the total market value, according to IDC.