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Forecast Analysis: Data Center, Worldwide, 2010-2016, 1Q12 Update

Published: 16 May 2012

ID: G00231100

Analyst(s): Jonathon Hardcastle


This report analyzes the underlying dynamics and overall assumptions for the data center market in support of our quarterly worldwide forecast ("Forecast: Data Center, Worldwide, 2010-2016, 1Q12 Update"), published separately in the first quarter of 2012.

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Data Center Hardware Sales
  • Rack Population
  • System Density
  • System Life Cycles
  • System Technology
  • Buying Center
  • Macroeconomic, Geopolitical, Demographic, Lifestyle and Cultural Factors


  • Single Sites
  • Rack/Computer Room
  • Midsize Data Centers
  • Enterprise Data Centers
  • Large Data Centers

Market Model

  • Forecast Components
    • Data Center Sites
    • Data Center Racks
    • Racks per Data Center
  • Factors
    • Macroeconomic, Geopolitical, Demographic, Lifestyle and Cultural Factors
    • System Technology Changes
    • Changes to Software and Services
    • System Life Cycles
    • Data Center Hardware Sales
    • Installed Base Estimates
    • System Density
    • Rack Population
    • Buying Center
    • Data Center Capacity Constraints
    • Data Center Lifetimes
  • Connections
    • Hardware Sales > Installed Base Estimates
    • Technology/Economic Factors > System Life Cycles > Installed Base Estimates
    • Installed Base Estimates/System Density/Rack Population > Number of Racks
    • Data Center Type > Rack Population
    • Economics and Demographics/Changes to Software and Services > Buying Center > Data Center Type
    • Data Center Type > Data Center Capacity/Data Center Lifetime > Racks per Data Center

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