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IDC's Worldwide Computing Platforms Taxonomy, 2016

IDC's Worldwide Computing Platforms Taxonomy, 2016

This IDC study provides a comprehensive overview of and definitions for enterprise servers and computing platforms. The definitions provided in this document represent the scope of IDC's server hardware and software research. This taxonomy outlines market segmentations and measurement methodologies for the server industry, including classification by technology and vendor."Server technology, both hardware and software, will be undergoing major changes over the next several years. IDC's computing platforms taxonomy presents IDC's framework for analyzing the server market based on widely recognized technical and market terminology," said Jorge Vela, senior research analyst, Computing Platforms. "This taxonomy document will continually evolve to facilitate systematic and consistent analysis of the server market by IDC's global computing platform teams."

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In This Study
Situation Overview
Computing Hardware Definitions
Server Definition
Server Type and CPU Type
Server Type
CPU Type
Form Factors
Rack Optimized
Tower Server
Large System
Blade Servers
Density-Optimized Servers
Form Factor Categorization
Custom Servers Definition
Socket and Server Capability
Server Class
Installed Base
Server Retirement
High Availability
Edge Servers
Cloud Services and Deployment
Associated Software Technologies
Operating System
Operating Environment
Software-Defined Compute
Research Domains
Specific Use Cases
Big Data
Internet of Things
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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