Infrastructure Analysis

Highly detailed quarterly data and forecasts for all infrastructure

Infrastructure Analysis is a unique service from Canalys that offers route-to-market and end-user shipment insights into the world’s leading IT infrastructure vendors, helping them improve their infrastructure and market strategies. The Infrastructure Analysis service has been developed to provide clients with a single quarterly comprehensive database giving a consistent view of vendor performance across servers, storage and networking by country, channel and end user. The service helps vendors enhance their technologies and optimize their infrastructure to provide a better, faster experience for end users.

The Infrastructure Analysis service helps clients in many ways:


Learn best practices for go-to-market models across regions and markets, with a focus on vendors’ market and product strategies.

Market sizing

Understand the size of the market and identify different market and channel opportunities with reliable and comprehensive data.

Industry trends

Distinguish actual industry trends from hype, and understand the latest industry developments, including analyses of vendors performance, market conditions and new technologies.

Market dynamics

See the industry changes and technology shifts that influence market dynamics with coverage by our team of global analysts.

Vendor performance

Quarterly insights into key technology market trends, vendor performance and more.

Infrastructure Analysis service includes

Infrastructure Analysis
  • Technology categories covered:
    • Servers (industry standard and non-industry standard)
    • Storage
    • Networking (campus switching, data center switching, wireless LANs, enterprise routers and service provider routers)
  • Over 36 markets covered
  • Shipment estimates by 30+ vendors
  • Shipment estimates by channel type
  • Shipment estimates by end user (micro, small, medium and large companies)
  • Short-term quarterly shipment forecasts by country
  • Long-term five-year shipment forecasts by country
  • Regular and ad-hoc analytical reports on the infrastructure market:
    • Vendor performance index reports
    • Vendor insight updates
    • Channel opportunity reports
  • Infrastructure forecasts and channel opportunities
  • Business demographics

Our content

Press release
Ethernet switch vendors stumble out of the starting block
Press release
Worldwide enterprise switch spending gains momentum
The impact of COVID-19 on the automotive industry
The global sales of passenger cars has declined for the last two years and the outlook for 2020 was for another low single-digit percentage decline. Then COVID-19 struck, and the impact is already dramatic.
The APAC channel fights back against COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected hundreds of thousands of people and is having a growing impact on the global economy. The S&P ratings remain optimistic, forecasting economic growth in APAC of 4.0% this year, against the 4.8% estimate given in December. Some markets are either managing the crisis well, or have passed the worst of it, while others are still in a cautious phase.
The US economy catches COVID-19
The US could see COVID-19 coming but its true impact is yet to be revealed. As of this report’s publication, the full effects on society are unknown, as are the economic ramifications. Governments, private industry and consumers will all have to work together to mitigate this global crisis and help the economy and society get back on track, but it may be a long road.
Global PC market to fall by 3.4% in 2020 in best-case scenario
Canalys updates its client PC shipment forecast estimates in the seventh week of every quarter. While the data is designed to help its clients by providing appropriate metrics that can serve as a feed to their internal planning processes, Canalys also supplements this data with key assumptions that can affect, both positively and negatively, demand for and supply of PC shipments worldwide.
Canalys Cast - What's Hot - episode 1
What's Hot is a brand new segment where leading Canalys analysts discuss channel partners' views on the latest technology news. In episode 1, we talk about Symantec divesting its services arm, AMD CEO Lisa Su joining Cisco, McAfee getting new leadership, and IBM's future in cloud as Virginia Rometty announces her departure as CEO and completes her journey by guiding Big Blue into a new era.
Coronavirus set to upset China’s smart device market
In our previous release, Canalys forecast a 7% decline in smartphone shipments between Q4 2019 and Q1 2020, and an 8% fall for PCs. But given currently available information, we are dramatically revised our forecasts to a 40%-to-50% drop for smartphones and 20% for PCs, with the proviso that the situation recovers to pre-outbreak levels by the end of February, giving the market a full month to recover in March.

Access and support

Unlimited inquiry
Unlimited inquiry
Direct access to analysts who respond to questions within the topic scope within 24 hours
Feature-rich tools, unlimited access
Feature-rich tools, unlimited access
Individual access to client website, spreadsheets and published content
Trends analysis
Trends analysis
Frequent data and analysis reports produced using a strict methodology and global definitions
Conclusions and advice
Conclusions and advice
Insight and recommendations delivered via analytical reports and direct access to our experienced analyst team

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