Global Mainframes Market 2017-2021

  • Published: Aug 2017
  • Pages: 66
  • SKU: IRTNTR14662

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The mainframe market size has the potential to grow by $850 million during 2017-2021, and the market's growth momentum will accelerate during the forecast period because of the steady increase in year-over-year growth. This report provides a detailed analysis of the market by end user (BFSI, retail, healthcare, and others) and geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). Also, the report analyzes the market's competitive landscape and offers information on several market vendors, including BMC Software, Dell EMC, FUJITSU, Hitachi Data System, and IBM.

Global mainframe market overview

The high adoption of IoT-enabled devices and applications in the BFSI and retail industries will require efficient mainframe solutions to manage the high volume of data generated. The mainframe market size will increase in the coming years with rising investments from IT companies. IBM has already developed and configured mainframe systems which will run business applications for enterprises.  Research analysis on this market identifies the increasing adoption of loT as one of the major factors that will have a positive impact on mainframe market growth prospects. Our market research analysts predict that the global mainframe market will grow at a CAGR of around 3% through 2021.

The mainframe market trends

The evolution of software-defined technology will be one of the latest mainframe market trends that will gain traction in the industry during the next four years. Though the increase in technological advancements and re-engineered architecture has led to a reduction in the workload, it has also resulted in technical failures. This will lead to the development of next-generation data mainframes based on the software-defined concept, which can minimize mainframe costs through automation. 

Competitive landscape and key vendors

Owing to the presence of several large and small-scale vendors, this market appears to be highly competitive. The mainframe companies compete based on factors such as price, time to market, and the development of innovative products. To gain a competitive advantage over their competitors, the vendors in this market are focusing on developing new technologies and are investing heavily in R&D to offer innovative products.

The leading mainframe service providers are -

  • BMC Software
  • Dell EMC
  • Hitachi Data System
  • IBM

The other prominent vendors in the mainframe market are Atos, CA Technologies, Cognizant, DXC Technology, HCL Technologies, Infosys, LzLabs, Redcentric, Unisys, ViON, and Wipro.

Segmentation by end user and the mainframe market analysis

  • BFSI
  • Retail
  • Healthcare

Mainframes are widely used in BFSI firms to manage heavy banking transactions which are operated through electronic devices, as per the mainframe market research report. The sector is making huge investments in IT solutions including cloud computing, analytics, and virtualization. Additionally, the sector is also adopting advanced mainframes which will provide virtualization technology. According to this industry research report, the BFSI sector accounted for the major mainframes market shares during 2016.

Geographical segmentation and the mainframe market analysis

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

This market study estimates that in terms of geographic regions, the Americas will be a major revenue contributor to the market through the period 2017-2021. The adoption of mainframes by several industries including healthcare, retail, and the telecom sector is a major factor driving the growth of the market in this region.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the mainframe market size and the growth rate be in 2021?
  • What are the key factors driving the global mainframes market?
  • What are the latest trends in mainframe technology impacting the growth of the global mainframes market?
  • What are the challenges to mainframes market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global mainframes market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global mainframes market?
  • Trending factors influencing the mainframe market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global mainframes market?

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PART 01: Executive summary

PART 02: Scope of the report

PART 03: Research Methodology

PART 04: Introduction

  • Market outline

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Market segmentation by end-user

  • Global mainframes market by end-user
  • BFSI
  • Retail
  • Healthcare

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Global mainframes market by geography
  • Americas
  • EMEA
  • APAC

PART 08: Decision framework

PART 09: Drivers and challenges

  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges

PART 10: Market trends

  • Emergence of software-defined technology
  • Rise of OpenStack
  • Increasing adoption of mainframe as a service
  • Integration of blockchain technology on mainframe

PART 11: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario

PART 12: Key vendor analysis

  • BMC Software
  • Dell EMC
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • IBM
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 13: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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