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The worldwide software-defined infrastructure (SDI) software market was worth US$12.17 billion in 2020, up 5% over the previous year. 

While this growth was lower than historical trends, the market grew faster than other core technologies during the difficult, pandemic-stricken year, said research firm International Data Corporation in its Worldwide Semi-annual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker.

"Software-defined infrastructure solutions have long been popular for companies looking to eliminate cost, complexity, and risk within their data centres," said Eric Sheppard, research vice president with IDC's Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies Group. 

Sheppard notes that while this technology has been available for many years, recent technology advancements are driving new features and capabilities that’s better aligning the offerings available today with current challenges faced by data centre operators “better than any other time in the past”.

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“Indeed, software-defined infrastructure is rapidly becoming the platform of choice for datacentre modernization and transformation undertakings all around the world,” he added.

The three technology pillars that make up the SDI market are: software-defined compute software (53% of market value), software-defined storage controller software (36% of market value), and software-defined networking software (11% of market value).