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Worldwide Server Forecast, 2017–2021: Slow Growth But Areas of Opportunity

Worldwide Server Forecast, 2017–2021: Slow Growth But Areas of Opportunity

This IDC study discusses how we expect to see mid–single-digit growth in 2017 as the worldwide economy is anticipated to remain stable. 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 2021. There will be different growth rates for different form factors. Areas of opportunity can be found by drilling down into targeted segments."The overall server market remains weak with 4Q16 results being disappointing in most segments. Hyperscale deployments, which had been a driver of the server market growth, slowed affecting overall server results. Server virtualization and consolidation is also contributing to the single-digit forecast growth," said Lloyd Cohen, research director, Computing Platforms at IDC. "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. Users are also looking at whether it is better to deploy workloads on-premises or off-premises. If they move off-premises and consolidate workloads onto fewer servers, this could result in an overall server demand decrease."

IDC Market Forecast Figure
Executive Summary
Advice for Technology Suppliers
Market Forecast
Market Context
Drivers and Inhibitors
Cloud Infrastructure Adoption
Non-x86 Servers Are Not Following the Same Path as Dinosaurs
Exchange Rates
Data Security Issues
Significant Market Developments
Changes from Prior Forecast
Market Definition
Server Type and CPU Type
Product Type
CPU Type
Form Factors (Called Product in Server Tracker)
Rack-Optimized Server
Tower Server
Large System
Modular Server
Blade Server
Multinode (Density-Optimized) Server
Custom Server
Operating System
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