The global data center virtualization market size was estimated to be USD 7.05 billion in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5% from 2023 to 2030. The main factors driving the growth are the rising need to lower the operational cost of organizations and increase business agility and the increased need for unified and centralized management of data centers. Moreover, factors such as the rising demand to cut data center complexities, the rising price of data center technology, the increasing adoption of private cloud, and the rapid growth in data center traffic are expected to contribute to market growth shortly. The presence of companies such as Cisco Systems Inc., VMware, Inc., and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, and a more comprehensive geographical presence, has also contributed to the data center virtualization across regions.
The market players have been involved in various strategic partnerships to gain better traction, which has been driving the adoption of data center virtualization. For instance, in January 2023, Zetaris (an Australia-based analytical data virtualization platform) announced a technology partnership with Dataiku (a French AI platform) in Australia and New Zealand. Through the partnership, businesses in Australia and New Zealand can leverage Dataiku and Zetaris to dramatically improve the speed and ease with which insights can be gained from disparate data sources.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a favorable impact on the data center virtualization market. Improved corporate awareness concerning the aids of increased pressure to provide more secure and robust IT environments, cloud services, and the establishment of local data centers throughout the regions have all driven the growth of the market. Moreover, data centers maintain data security and program availability as more educational institutions and businesses move online.
The pandemic significantly boosted internet services and digital transformation worldwide, as prominent businesses and industries have started cooperating and working from home. The demand for data centers has grown due to this remote work to keep businesses running during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the pandemic, a new business environment has developed, encouraging digitization and cloud services as firms modernize their digital infrastructure to support better working practices.
The benefits of server virtualization, which has contributed significantly to the development of data center virtualization are also fueling the market growth. Some significant benefits include cost saving, better efficient resource provisioning, improved productivity, IT consolidation, better management, flexibility and scalability, improved storage capacity management, hosting multiple OSes, and better continuity. Some major companies offering server virtualization include VMware, Inc., Veritis Group Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, and Cisco Systems, Inc., among others. The presence of such companies, which have a more comprehensive global network, has resulted in the better adoption of server virtualization, thereby driving the industry’s growth.
The companies offering data center virtualization solutions have also been involved in a partnership aimed at offering an enhanced solution, which has attracted customers into the market. For instance, in August 2021, CloudFabrix (India-based operations intelligence analytics provider) partnered with Verge.io. (U.S.-based data center operating system software provider). The partnership will combine the Verge.io virtualization operating system with CloudFabrix AI-based Asset Intelligence & Operations to provide complete data center transformation for enterprise and CSP organizations.
The server segment of the data center virtualization market by type occupied the largest revenue share in 2022. It is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. The growth of the server segment can be attributed to the benefits of server virtualization, which include better server reliability and availability, better utilization of physical services and power, lower operational costs, and virtual machine creation. Major companies have been coming up with a server virtualization solution, enabling capabilities, thereby attracting more businesses. For instance, in April 2022, Oracle expanded its Oracle Linux KVM server virtualization solution with Oracle Linux 8 support, which enables enhanced VM auto-start configurations, enabling full customization when cloning VM, and sealed template indication, among others.
The desktop segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2023 to 2030. The benefits offered by desktop virtualization have been the major factor driving the growth of the segment. Some significant benefits of desktop virtualization include easy rollout, enhanced security, better control over installed software, and reduced downtime. Several companies have been involved in various strategic initiatives, including partnership, acquisition/merger, and collaboration, among others, which have been driving the growth of the desktop segment. For instance, in June 2021, Nerdio announced the integration of Microsoft Windows 365 and Teradici Corporation’s PC over IP technology into Nerdio’s solution named “Nerdio Manager,” enabling users to choose between Windows 365 and Azure Virtual Desktop.
The software segment accounted for the largest revenue share of around 79.0% in 2022 and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. Risen adoption of virtualization software such as network virtualization, storage virtualization, and server virtualization in data centers is contributing to the growth. The virtualization software, sometimes called Software Defined Data Center (SDCC), enables businesses to take control over the entire IT framework as a singular entity and from a single interface. The benefits of virtualization, such as reduced cost capital, increased speed and flexibility, reduced operating costs, and reduced infrastructure and real estate requirements, have contributed to the software segment's growth.
The service segment is expected to exhibit the highest CAGR of over 15% during the forecast period. The service segment is further divided into technical support services, optimization services, advisory & implementation services, and managed services. These services offer organizations an understanding of the transformation roadmap. Moreover, such services offer abilities that facilitate organizations to run the entire data center operation and respective cloud services as a unified entity. The presence of major companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. and HCL Technologies Limited, offering data centers virtualization services such as advisory, and technical support, among others, has also contributed to the growth of the service segment.
The optimization services segment of the data center virtualization market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 18.3% over the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the benefits of the optimization services, which include reducing the cost of operations, increasing profitability, enhanced security and compliance, faster provisioning, increased productivity, better data mobility, and scalability, among others. The benefits of optimization services have been a major factor in driving its growth.
The advisory & implementation services segment occupied more than 34% in 2022. The growth of the segment can be attributed to major companies such as IDX; Agilant Solutions, Inc.; VMware, Inc.; and Nikom InfraSolutions Pvt. Ltd. The presence of such companies has offered advisory and implementation services to businesses to utilize better the benefits of implementing data center virtualization by offering insights on cybersecurity assessment, compliance & regulatory assessment, and business continuity assessment, among others. These attributes have contributed to the wider adoption of advisory & implementation services, thereby driving the market’s growth over the forecast period.
The large enterprises segment held the largest market share of over 70.0% in 2022. Large enterprises are in demand for data center virtualization software and services owing to a high volume of data and millions of customers for which several servers need storage and networking. In the age of increased market competition, large enterprises have been involved in implementing various technologies which could help businesses to gain better traction in the market, owing to the benefits of implementing data center virtualization, which includes simplified management, optimization of resources, and integration with managed services among others. All these factors have contributed to the growth of the large enterprises segment.
The small and medium-sized enterprises segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of over 17.0% during the forecast period. The adoption of data center virtualization has significantly increased among SMEs owing to its benefits, which include cost reduction, better team production, improved disaster recovery, minimal downtime, better provisioning and deployment, and cloud migration. Moreover, effective campaigns in the data center virtualization industry offering solutions specific to SMEs have also been boosting SMEs' adoption of data center virtualization. For instance, VMware, Inc. offers a specific solution to SMEs, including server consolidation, business continuity, desktop management, operations management, and hybrid cloud.
The IT and telecommunication segment held the largest revenue share of over 58.0% in 2022 and is projected to sustain its position over the forecast period. Telecom companies utilize data centers to offer various services/ applications such as Mobile Network Monitoring, PDN and Serving Gateways, Gi-LAN, Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), CDN & OTT Caching, Assurance, and Insights. This results in a high number of telecom data centers across the regions; these data centers have been adopting virtualization software services to enhance their capabilities which have been a significant factor in driving the growth of the IT & telecommunication segment.
The healthcare segment is expected to witness a rapid CAGR of approx. 18% over the forecast period. The demand for data center virtualization is expanding due to the benefits of data center solutions in the healthcare industry, such as better patient experience, easy and secure data sharing, access to high-quality health records, insights throughout patient journeys, and improved patient and provider satisfaction. The benefits of the data center in the healthcare industry, when combined with data center virtualization, such as increased productivity, faster provisioning, data mobility, profitability, cost management, and better security and compliance, have together contributed to the growth of the healthcare segment.
Moreover, the presence of companies such as Google, which has been at the forefront of offering data center solutions to the healthcare industry, has also been driving the growth of the healthcare segment in the data center virtualization industry. For instance, in July 2021, Google announced Healthcare Data Engine, a solution for life sciences and healthcare organizations which harmonizes multiple sources.
North American region occupied more than 40% of the revenue share in 2022 and is projected to continue to dominate over the forecast period. The region has been at the forefront of adopting the latest technologies, which has played a significant part in the region's growth. Moreover, the region is also home to some of the major companies, such as Microsoft; VMware, Inc.; and Cisco Systems Inc., which has continued the growth of the adoption of data center simulation software in the region. The U.S. is home to many data centers, which has been a major factor driving the regional growth. According to the United States International Trade Commission, the U.S. is home to 33% of the total number of data centers globally (~8,000) as of January 2021.
Asia Pacific is expected to register more than 17% CAGR over the forecast period. The region's growth can be attributed to factors such as the rising number of data centers, improving digital infrastructure, digitalization of businesses, increasing adoption of cloud services, and cost-effective aspects of data center virtualization. Moreover, the presence of top players operating in the data center virtualization industry, such as Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., and Fujitsu, among others, has also continued driving the growth of the regional market.
The data center virtualization market has a fragmented competitive landscape featuring various global and regional players. Leading industry players are undertaking strategies such as product launches, collaborations, and partnerships to survive the highly competitive environment and expand their business footprints. For instance, in August 2022, Dell Inc., NVIDIA Corporation, and VMware, Inc. announced the launch of a data center solution that integrates the VMware vSphere 8 virtualization platform, Dell PowerEdge servers, and Nvidia GPUs. The partnership would enable the new data center solution to handle networking, storage, security, artificial intelligence, and computing requirements.
Various companies have been coming up with data center virtualization solutions capable of handling complex capturing and storage requirements, which have also been driving the growth of the data center virtualization industry. For instance, in May 2023, Google announced a new A3 supercomputer virtual machine for handling machine learning workloads, achieved with the help of better host memory, next-gen Nvidia GPU, full modern CPU, and significant network upgrades. These machines can offer up to 26 exaFlops of power, which can help enhance the cost and time of training larger ML models. Some prominent players in the global data center virtualization market include:
ATTO Technology, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
HCL Technologies Limited
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Veritis Group Inc
Market size value in 2023
USD 7.96 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 23.14 billion
CAGR of 16.5% from 2023 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2018 - 2021
2023 - 2030
Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company market share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Type, component, service, organization size, end-use, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; UAE; Saudi Arabia; South Africa
Key companies profiled
ATTO Technology, Inc.; AT&T; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Dell Inc.; Fujitsu; HCL Technologies Limited; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; IBM; Konverge; Microsoft; Oracle; Rahi; Veritis Group Inc.; VMware, Inc.
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This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global data center virtualization market report based on type, component, service, organization size, end-use, and region:
Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Service Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Advisory & Implementation Services
Technical Support Services
Organization Size Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
IT & Telecommunication
Manufacturing & Automotive
Retail & SCM
Media & Entertainment
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2018 - 2030)
Middle East & Africa
b. The global data center virtualization market size was estimated at USD 7.05 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 7.96 billion in 2023.
b. The global data center virtualization market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16.5% from 2023 to 2030 to reach USD 23.14 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the data center virtualization market with a market share of around 45.0% in 2021. This is attributed to the massive presence of market players.
b. Some key players operating in the data center virtualization market include VMware, Inc, Microsoft Corporation, Citrix Systems, Inc, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu, Radiant Communications Corp, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP, AT&T, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, HCL Technologies Limited and IBM.
b. Key factors driving the data center virtualization market growth include surged spending on data center technology and increased adoption of private cloud.
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