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."