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Market Opportunity Map: Data Center Hardware Infrastructure, Worldwide

Published: 21 November 2016

ID: G00300641

Analyst(s): John Monroe , Adrian O'Connell , Christian Canales


Profitability in the traditional data center hardware infrastructure market is in an unrecoverable slide, as users shift their businesses to cloud infrastructure and SaaS. Business leaders must adapt to this new environment by leveraging their scale, and innovating in on-premises technologies.

Table Of Contents

Market Opportunity Map

Market Opportunities Overview

  • Definition and Scope
  • Description of Markets


  • Technology Trends
    • Technology Evolution: Cloud Delivery, Disaggregation and Convergence
  • Buyer Trends
    • Large Enterprise
    • Small or Midsize Business (SMB)
    • Any Type of Service Provider (xSP)
    • Hyperscale
  • Sellers' Strategic Options
    • Option 1: Innovate in Scale-Out Systems for 20,000 Node Class Systems to Address Smaller Cloud Providers
    • Option 2: Develop a Serverless Infrastructure Business to Complement Offerings From Amazon, Google and Microsoft
    • Option 3: Develop and Communicate Roadmaps for On-Premises Analytics Systems
    • Option 4: Build Strategies for Maximizing Future Value of Hardware Maintenance
    • Option 5: Consumption-Based Pricing

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