Gartner Research

Forecast Overview: Servers, Worldwide, 2016

Published: 28 November 2016

ID: G00319101

Analyst(s): Adrian O'Connell , Uko Tian , Hiroko Aoyama , Heeral Kota, Kiyomi Yamada , Jeffrey Hewitt


Server demand from traditional enterprises will decrease due to improving server efficiencies and the moving of workloads to public cloud service providers. Server market growth will primarily come from service providers and hyperscale data centers.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Market Structure: More Influences From Service Providers
    • Forecast by Buyer Type
    • Business Units Drive Demand by Bypassing IT
  • Technology Trend: SDx, Converged and Disaggregated
  • Supplier Trend: Rise of ODM and Chinese Providers
  • Delivery Models: Bimodal and Various Styles Coexist
  • Regional Trends: North America Will Be Flat While China Will Continue to Grow

Foundational Assumptions

  • Supply
    • Competitive Environment
    • Ecosystem
  • Demand
    • Technology Preferences
    • Sourcing Preferences
    • Enterprise IT Budgets
    • Business Initiatives

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Server End-User Spending — Current Forecast
    • Server End-User Spending — Constant Currency Forecast
  • Factors
    • Macro
    • Supply Side
    • Demand Side
    • Forecast Factors
    • Server Average Selling Price (ASP) Forecast
  • Connections
    • Macro > Supply > New Project Demand/Replacement Demand > ASP Forecast > Spending > Shipments
    • Exchange Rates > Server ASPs
    • Replacement Demand/New Workloads > Server Shipment Forecast
    • Capacity Build-Out > Delivery Models > Customer Segments > Server Shipment Forecast

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