Worldwide Server Market Shares, 2015: Year of Transition to the Cloud

Worldwide Server Market Shares, 2015: Year of Transition to the Cloud

  • May 2016 •
  • 26 pages •
  • Report ID: 3850951 •
  • Format: PDF
This IDC study discusses how the server market performed in 2015 overall and by vendor on a regional basis. 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 that influenced vendor performance in 2015. 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 other countries. 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."The volume segment was aided by a continued expansion of x86-based hyperscale server infrastructures while midrange systems were helped by enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualization and consolidation. Datacenter buildout continues, and the main beneficiary is the density-optimized segment, where growth easily outpaced the overall server market," said Lloyd Cohen, research director, Platform Solutions at IDC.