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Forecast: Data Center Hardware Spending to Support Big Data Projects, Worldwide, 2013

Published: 03 January 2014

ID: G00258989

Analyst(s): Sid Deshpande


Spending on data center hardware to support big data projects will rise from $5.8 billion in 2013 to $15.7 billion in 2017. This forecast quantifies the end-user spending for servers, storage, networking and appliances as driven by big data requirements.

Table Of Contents

Forecast Data


  • Big Data Projects Move Quickly Into Production
  • Technology Mix and Maturity
  • Big Data Hardware Revenue Growth Relative to Software and Service Spending on Big Data


  • Product Ecosystem
  • Normalization of Spend
  • External Controller-Based Storage
  • Buying Behavior
  • Hardware Margins and Software-Defined Infrastructure

Forecast Methodology

  • Description of New Types of Products and Deployments
  • Inclusion and Exclusion of Product Categories
  • Legacy Installed Base

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