Software Defined Data Center Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The report covers Global Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Market Analysis and it is segmented by Type of Product (Solution(Software-Defined Networking, Software-Defined Storage, Software-Defined Computing), Services), End User (Telecom & IT, Healthcare, Retail, BFSI, Manufacturing), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa). The market size and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD) for all the above segments.

Software Defined Data Center Market Size

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Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 26.60 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America
Market Concentration High

Major Players

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Software Defined Data Center Market Analysis

The global Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 26.6% over the forecast period. Cost reduction in hardware is the major driving factor for adopting software-defined data centers. With SDDC, businesses no longer need to purchase hardware, acquire vendor-specific skills to maintain and operate it, or manage upgrades to physical machines. It simplifies the management of resources of the company, thus increasing overall efficiency.

  • With a few significant exceptions, SDDCs differ from traditional data centers in several ways, notably through virtualization, abstraction, resource pooling, and automation. A software-defined data center is an IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) platform that meets a business's platform, infrastructure, and software requirements. An SDDC may be on-site, at an MSP, or in hosted, private, or public clouds. SDDCs house servers, storage devices, networking hardware, and security devices like conventional data centers. The operations of a traditional data center are delivered programmatically by an SDDC using a virtualized environment.
  • With the introduction of hyper-converged infrastructure-where all IT infrastructure pieces are software-defined and deployed-network, technology can now support cloud SDDC and ITaaS ambitions.
  • For IoT in the medium to long term, the Covid-19 impact is expected to be highly positive. Enterprises are expected to speed up their digitization process to overcome problems such as downtime, productivity loss, and supply chain issues, among others.
  • Ever-growing security threats that steal critical information can hamper the market's growth. SDDCs must have identity and access management to control users, OS security to safeguard the virtual server, and data security to protect information at rest and in motion. Two-factor authentication must be put in wherever possible to make the SDDC secure.

Software Defined Data Center Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Software Defined Data Center Market according to our research experts:

Software-Defined Storage to Dominate the Market

  • Software-Defined storage has become mandatory as enterprise resources are decentralized and increasing in volume. It is also called Storage Virtualization or virtual SAN. Storage virtualization allows many storage units to be combined into one and remove any physical storage in sight. It is helpful for organizations that spend excess on hardware or need more storage facilities to meet SLA.
  • Increased data traffic has been the main underlying factor responsible for the demand for data storage. With an increase in IoT adoption worldwide, device connectivity is also growing. Hence, there is an accumulation of vast piles of data.
  • As per estimates by Cisco, there are over 50 billion smart connected devices in the world. The data collected from such devices can be analyzed to generate customer transaction patterns and help companies understand the proclivity of their consumers. Also, IBM reported that approximately 90% of the data was generated in the last two years.
  • The "internet of things" (IoT) represents the internet's present and future states. It requires a lot of effort and processing procedures to convert the enormous volume of data produced by a big number of linked devices (objects) to the internet into usable information. A comprehensive software-defined framework streamlines the IoT management process by combining the software-defined network, software-defined storage, and security into one software-defined-based control model. It offers a critical solution for the difficulties in the traditional IoT architecture to forward, store, and secure the produced data from the IoT objects. As indicated in the graph, the growing IoT devices are analyzed to contribute to the market growth rate during the forecast period.
Software Defined Data Center Market : loT Connections, In Billion, 2018-2023

The Asia-Pacific to Witness the Highest Growth

  • The Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region for this market due to more startups mushrooming due to steady economic growth, the rapid spread of the internet and smartphones, and increased related business demand.
  • This trend is attracting venture capitalists in this region, leading to growth in many companies. Thus, the amount of data generated is also increasing. There has been a strong trend of Asia-Pacific financial centers improving over several years. The top eight centers in the region are now in the top fifteen centers in the whole index. This indicates that with an increase in innovation, the countries would also have to take care of data-storing capabilities.
  • A well-maintained SDDC architecture sets up an organization for its transition to a hybrid cloud. As a pool of resources that have been virtualized, SDDC is the optimal foundation for hybrid cloud systems. By automating resource allocations and tasks, streamlining and accelerating application deployment, and serving as the foundation of a high-availability infrastructure, it offers a common platform for both private and public clouds.
  • The hybrid cloud in the Asia-Pacific is expected to witness growth in the coming years with a significant growth rate due to cost efficiency, scalability, agility, and security. The hybrid cloud bridges the gap between Information Technology (IT) and businesses by improving agility and efficiency and rapidly delivering IT resources at a low cost. COVID-19 has significantly accelerated the adoption of digital technologies and led to a substantial shift toward the hybrid cloud.
  • The development of China's cloud industry is a major strategic objective for the central government, and it was highlighted prominently in the country's 12th and 13th Five-Year Plans. Cloud computing technology has been selected as one of the 11 key technology sectors backed by the government. The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) have built pilot cloud schemes in five cities: Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Wuxi.
  • More and more Chinese firms are adopting a hybrid cloud approach to speed up their digital transformation. Alibaba Cloud VMware Service enables clients to modernize apps, infrastructure, and operations more quickly and affordably. The connectors provide enterprise-class computing, storage, and networking capabilities, as well as unified infrastructure and management for increased visibility and automation. These factors are significantly boosting the market growth rate during the forecast period.
Software Defined Data Center Market-Growth Rate by Region

Software Defined Data Center Industry Overview

The market for SDDC is highly dominated by players like Oracle, VMware, and Microsoft, which provide virtualization software used by all big and small enterprises. The new entrants are generally acquired by big companies, which increases the latter's product portfolio.

February 2022 - Nutanix, a leading provider of hybrid multi-cloud computing, announced the global availability of a simplified product range to meet fast-changing client needs. This consists of Nutanix Unified Storage (NUS) which provides distributed and software-defined storage for several protocols (volumes, files, and objects) to serve a range of applications deployed everywhere.

May 2022-Broadcom Inc., a global technological leader in the design, development, and supply of semiconductor and infrastructure software solutions, and VMware, Inc., a leading creator in enterprise software, announced an agreement under which Broadcom acquired all of VMware's outstanding shares in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately USD 61 billion. The Broadcom Software Group will join VMware after the acquisition closes, adopting Broadcom's current infrastructure and security software solutions as a part of an expanded VMware offering.

Software Defined Data Center Market Leaders

  1. Microsoft Corporation

  2. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

  3. Oracle Corporation

  4. Cisco Systems

  5. VMware Inc.

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Software Defined Data Center Market News

  • July 2022 -DartPoints, a cutting-edge digital infrastructure provider, has announced a groundbreaking technical collaboration with the University of South Carolina. DartPoints will deliver a customized Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) solution to replace the university's existing data center.
  • August 2022 - VMware Explore 2022, VMware Aria, a multi-cloud management portfolio, delivers a collection of end-to-end solutions for controlling the cost, performance, configuration, and delivery of infrastructure and cloud-native apps. VMware Aria is powered by VMware Aria Graph, a graph-based data store that captures the complexity of customers' multi-cloud environments.
  • January 2023 - Rackspace Technology, a leading provider of end-to-end multi-cloud technology solutions, has launched Rackspace Technology Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) Rackspace SDDC Enterprise, Rackspace SDDC Business, and Rackspace SDDC Flex. These new products will give enterprises specialized solutions to bridge the gap between the cloud and data centers.

Software Defined Data Center Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Cost Reduction in Hardware and Other Resources is Driving the Growth of the Market.

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Data Security While Deploying SDDC is a Major Challenge


    1. 6.1 By Type of Product

      1. 6.1.1 Solution

        1. Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

        2. Software-Defined Storage (SDS)

        3. Software-Defined Computing (SDC)

      2. 6.1.2 Services

    2. 6.2 By End User

      1. 6.2.1 Telecom & IT

      2. 6.2.2 Healthcare

      3. 6.2.3 Retail

      4. 6.2.4 BFSI

      5. 6.2.5 Manufacturing

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Microsoft Corporation

      2. 7.1.2 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

      3. 7.1.3 Oracle Corporation

      4. 7.1.4 Cisco Systems

      5. 7.1.5 VMware Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 IBM Corporation

      7. 7.1.7 Citrix Systems, Inc.

      8. 7.1.8 Melillo Consulting Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

      10. 7.1.10 NEC Corporation

      11. 7.1.11 Dell EMC

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Software Defined Data Center Industry Segmentation

In an SDDC, the applications running on the network can create, provision, and deploy network resources in real-time-adding or removing routers, switches, and servers as the need arises. Industries like telecom & IT, healthcare, retail, BFSI, and manufacturing are embracing SDDC to store huge amounts of supply chain data and customer information without putting much effort into manual hardware installation.

The Software-Defined Data Center Market can be segmented by Type of Product (Solution(Software-Defined Networking, Software-Defined Storage, Software-Defined Computing), Services), End User (Telecom & IT, Healthcare, Retail, BFSI, Manufacturing), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa).

The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Type of Product
Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
Software-Defined Computing (SDC)
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Telecom & IT
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Latin America
Middle East & Africa
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Software Defined Data Center Market Research FAQs

The Software Defined Data Center Market is projected to register a CAGR of 26.60% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Microsoft Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems and VMware Inc. are the major companies operating in the Software Defined Data Center Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Software Defined Data Center Market.

The report covers the Software Defined Data Center Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Software Defined Data Center Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Software Defined Data Center Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)