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Forecast Overview: Servers, Worldwide, 2017 Update

Published: 22 February 2018

ID: G00347614

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


Enterprises' server demand will start to decline at a low-single-digit rate from 2018 due to the moving of workloads to public cloud service providers. Technology strategic planners at server providers must focus on the growing areas such as data analytics platforms at the edge.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Market Structure: More Influences From Service Providers
    • Forecast by Buyer Type
  • Technology Trend: Increasing Value of Software
  • Workload Trend: Emerging Use of AI and IoT at the Edge
  • Supplier Trend: ODMs' and Chinese Providers' Increasing Presence
  • Regional Trend: China Will Continue to Be a Main Growth Engine

Foundational Assumptions

  • Supply Side
    • Competitive Market
    • Technology Roadmap
    • Service Delivery Models
  • Demand Side
    • Sourcing Preferences
    • Business Initiatives

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • Server End-User Spending — Current Forecast
    • Server End-User Spending — Constant Currency Forecast
    • Server Unit Shipment Forecast
  • Factors
    • Macro
    • Supply Side
    • Demand Side
    • Forecast Factors
    • Server 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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