This IDC study (a translation of the Japanese document IDC #J15380103) presents an analysis of the size of the Japan system software market from 2012 to 2014 and a market forecast from 2015 to 2019. This study presents its market analysis and forecasts by operating environment and vendor, as well as by market segment: the operating system (OS) market, the virtual machine and cloud system software market, the virtual client computing market, and the availability and clustering software market.
"The goal of deploying virtualization is beginning to shift from doing so for its own sake to building new forms of IT infrastructure that use virtualization technologies. These new forms of IT infrastructure include the cloud, as well as the recently appearing concept of software-defined infrastructure, which virtualizes overall IT infrastructure and provides automation. There are expectations that this new IT infrastructure will underpin the 3rd Platform. Now is likely the time to rethink the use of system software and market opportunities relating to them. IDC believes that one such new market opportunity is applying system software to IoT systems," argues IDC Japan software and security research manager Mitsuhiro Iriya.