This IDC study discusses how we expect to see mid–single digit growth in 2016 as the worldwide economy is anticipated to improve. The long-term forecast for the worldwide server market is favorable, but overall growth rates will be low over the five-year forecast period ending in 2020. There will be different growth rates for different form factors. Areas of opportunity can be found by drilling down into targeted segments.There are some economic and political concerns mentioned in the beginning of this document as well as listed in Table 1. The economic instability of several of the European countries may have tempered a bit but should not be dismissed. Unemployment is expected to remain high in some geographic areas. The dramatic drop in oil prices will hurt certain countries and help others. Russia is presently in a freefall with the value of the ruble and this may affect IT expenditures in the short run. The United States may benefit with the lowering of the price of oil, but at the same time, jobs in the oil industry are being eliminated. All negative economic events in major geographic regions have a tendency to ripple throughout the whole world, which could end up hindering business investment and, as a result, slowing down IT spending growth. IDC will continue to monitor these "wild cards" in the macroeconomic climate and will adjust the forecasts as necessary."IDC sees modest opportunities for short-term market growth related to the upcoming Microsoft SQL Server 2005 end of support on April 16, 2016; we estimate that globally approximately 800,000 servers were still running SQL Server 2005 at the end of 2015. For the second half of 2016, IDC expects an acceleration of cloud service provider server deployments. In the longer term, IDC expects server market growth to be driven by software-defined, disaggregated systems and network edge-deployed Internet of Things (IoT) compute," said Kuba Stolarski, research director, Computing Platforms at IDC.