Total cloud IT infrastructure revenues climbed to a 32.3 per cent share of overall IT revenues in the first quarter of 2016, up from 30.2 per cent share a year ago. Revenues from infrastructure sales to private cloud grew by 6.8 per cent to $2.8 billion, and to public cloud by 1.9 per cent share to $3.9 billion.
Revenues in the non-cloud IT infrastructure segment decreased by 6 per cent share on year in the first quarter, with declines in both storage and servers, and growth in Ethernet switching. Ethernet switching also showed strong on-year growth in the private and public cloud, 53.7 per cent and 69.4 per cent, respectively. Storage grew 11.5 per cent in the private cloud, but declined 29.6 per cent share in public cloud. Server sales declined 1.1per cent share in private cloud and grew 8.7 per cent in public cloud.
Kuba Stolarski, research director for Computing Platforms at IDC said:
"A slowdown in hyperscale public cloud infrastructure deployment demand negatively impacted growth in both public cloud and cloud IT overall. Private cloud deployment growth also slowed, as 2016 began with difficult comparisons to the first quarter of 2015, when server and storage refresh drove a high level of spend and high growth."
The system refresh is pretty much over and this will continue to push private cloud and, more generally, enterprise IT growth downwards in the near term. Hyperscale demand should return to higher deployment levels later this year, bolstered by service providers who have announced new datacenter builds expected to go online this year.
From a regional perspective, vendor revenues from cloud IT infrastructure sales grew fastest in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) at 25.9 per cent on year in the first quarter of 2016, followed by Western Europe at 20.6 per cent, Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) at 18.5 per cent , Japan at 17.7per cent, and Canada at 9.5 per cent. Latin America declined 21.2 per centon year, while the US declined 4.1 per cent and Central and Eastern Europe fell just 0.1per cent.