Hyperconvergence continued to set an otherwise sluggish converged systems market alight in Q4, according to IDC.
The market for hyperconverged systems, which collapse core storage and compute functionality into a single, highly virtualised solution, swelled by 87 per cent year on year in the final quarter of 2016 to $697.4m (£558.9m), the analyst said.
Hyperconverged systems revenue for the full year stood at $2.2bn, 110 per cent higher than in 2015.
Hyperconverged systems is one of four segments within a wider converged systems market that shrank by 1.4 per cent in Q4 to $3.09bn.
Its other three segments fared less well in Q4, IDC's numbers showed, with combined integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems down 15.7 per cent to $1.57bn and integrated platform sales down 8.6 per cent to $823.5m.
IDC research director Eric Sheppard said the converged systems market is experiencing a "period of change".
"We are seeing strong growth from products with new architectures, increased levels of automation, and heavy use of software-defined technologies," he said.
"This growth has been offset by reduced spending on traditional converged systems and a conscious decision by some vendors to terminate some parts of their product portfolio."
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