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Forecast Analysis: x86 Server Virtualization, Worldwide, 2014 Update

Published: 04 December 2014

ID: G00270281

Analyst(s): Jennifer Wu, Uko Tian , Michael Warrilow


Although virtualization of x86 server hardware has become mainstream, the associated trends in adoption are not always as assumed. With key tipping points for the market expected by 2017, the forecast requires deeper investigation by sales and marketing teams to ascertain the underlying dynamics.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Forecast Data

Market Impact

  • x86 Virtualization Hosts: 10% CAGR for 2013 Through 2018
  • Virtualization of Server OS Instances: 20% CAGR for 2014 Through 2018
  • Virtualization and x86 Server Refresh: Tipping Point to Occur in 2017
    • Why Does This Tipping Point Matter?
  • Cloud Providers Drive Increased Use of Virtualization Hosts
  • HVD Drives 1% of x86 Server Shipments
  • Differences by Geographic Region
    • Greater China Will Continue to Lag in Virtualization Adoption
    • North America, Western Europe and Mature Asia/Pacific Continue to Lead


  • Server Product Life Cycles
  • Technology Assumptions
  • New Usage Types


  • Market Definitions
    • x86 Server
    • x86 Server Virtualization
    • Shared OS Virtualization
    • Hosted Virtual Desktop

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