Microserver is a low power, lightweight, and low cost server. This again includes system-on-chip (SoC) systems comprising of many small single socket servers that share a chassis, power supplies, fans, and a common interconnect for achieving better flexibility, higher density and efficiency. The total value for global microserver market stood at USD 1,059.69 million in 2012 and it is estimated that the market would reach a size of USD 30,205.56 million by 2019. It is estimated that the market would experience growth at a CAGR of 43.4% in terms of revenue during the period from 2013 to 2019. Further, it has been estimated that a total of 2,137.92 thousand units of microserver would be shipped in 2019.
The growth in demand for microservers is driven by the growing demand for power efficient, high density and low cost server ecosystems around data center and cloud. Microservers also offer better overall cost-performance, higher reliability in system-on-chip (SoC)-based implementations and overall reduction in total cost of ownership due to better self-management and are expected to define future around data center and cloud. It is expected that total cloud traffic would grow at a CAGR of 29.9% over the period 2013 to 2019 and it is expected to drive the growth in adoption of microservers. In addition, growing clout for microservers among dedicated, single application, high-scale customers for very low power server designs is expected to boost the demand in coming future as these have the required expertise and willingness to rewrite old software that run on legacy software and optimize it for microservers.
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Microservers are optimized for workload such as static simple content delivery node, web servers, distributed memory caching, cold data storage; entry dedicated hosting and entry level security appliances and switches. It is expected that microserver market would grow over the coming years owing to the fact that end-users can utilize this technology to deploy systems that offer better cost-performance at lower total cost of ownership. End-users would also benefit from its reliability, reduced power and space requirements, and low cost of entry offered by microserver platforms.
Intel processor based microservers were dominating the market landscape in 2012, however; with several players foraying into this space with processor licensed from ARM, the competition in market is going to be intense. In 2014, multiple players with 64-bit SoC-based processor, designed for microserver and often offering sub-10W thermal design power (TDP) are expected to change the scenario. Microservers find application in data center and cloud environments and with lowering the power and space consumption becoming a priority with operators, the microservers are expected to see increased demand. Microserver market in terms of revenue around cloud is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 62.0% from 2013 to 2019, owing to fact that cloud is growing at a higher rate as compared to traditional data centers.
Initial customers of these low power servers were the small and medium-size enterprises with their combined market share for microserver in 2012 being 82.6% as compared to 17.4% for large-size enterprises. However, this scenario is expected to change significantly with several hyperscale customers showing interest in SoC-based microservers. Asia Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing region over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. Replacing existing infrastructure with a microserver is still a concern with small-size data center operators as this has to make sense economically, however; this is not the case with new infrastructure for data center and cloud coming up during the forecast period. The infrastructure for data center and cloud is expected to grow faster in Asia Pacific and Europe and thus expecting better growth in small and medium size business segment in Asia Pacific and Europe as compared to North America for microserver is justified.
Some of the major vendors in this market include Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), Dell Inc, Quanta Computer Inc., Penguin Computing and Acer Inc among others. HP emerged as a leader in 2012 followed by Dell, with their very low power server sales, however; it is seen that the real market would come alive in 2014 with multiple vendors foraying into market offering servers with multicore, 64-bit processors from different ARM licensees and Intel.
According to this market research report, factors such as high demand for cloud based services, growing popularity of cloud computing, and surging demand for high density, low cost, and power efficient server ecosystems fuel the global microserver market. Microserver refers to a low cost server that contains system-on-chip (SoC) systems that comprise numerous single socket servers which share power supplies, a chassis, fans, and also a common interconnect that ensures greater efficiency, higher density, and greater flexibility.
Revenue-wise, this market is anticipated to expand at a remarkable CAGR of 43.4% during the forecast period. A significant reduction in cost of ownership, greater reliability in system-on-chip (SoC) implementations, and overall cost effectiveness are some of the benefits offered by microserver that are expected to fuel this market in the forthcoming years.This TMR report segments the global microserver market on the basis of type of processor, component, application, end users, and geography. On the basis of processor type, this market is segmented into AMD, ARM, Intel processor, and others. MIPs, Power, and Tilera are the other product segments in the microserver market. The Intel processor segment has been witnessing high demand since 2012, however this segment at present is characterized by stiff competition owing to greater preference of companies for ARM based processor licensing.
Application software, operating system, and hardware are the three types of component that are used in the global microserver market. Based on applications, this market is categorized into cloud and data centers. Large-size, medium-size, and small-size enterprises are the three key end users in the global microserver market. Geographically, the research report categorizes the global microserver market into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and Rest of the World. Asia Pacific is a robustly growing regional segment in the global microserver market, which will continue to expand in the forthcoming years as well.
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Industry trends indicate that the growth rate of infrastructure for cloud and data center in Asia Pacific and Europe is quite high as against North America. This in turn is anticipated to stimulate the small-size and medium-size business segments in Europe and Asia Pacific. Factors such as competition from different technologies such as server virtualization and the unfavorable economics of adopting microserver will impede market growth over a period of time. The prominent companies in the global microserver market are Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Tilera Corporation, Quanta QCT, Penguin Computing Inc., Dell Inc., and ARM Ltd.
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