This IDC study presents our adjusted worldwide and regional forecasts for the server market through 2016.
"The market has returned to more predictable seasonal shipment patters. x86 continues to control over 95% of all server shipments. That being said, there is still a need for scale-up infrastructures as many users prefer these type of servers for mission-critical workloads. Two-socket machines comprise the bulk of servers being shipped presently and are projected to maintain their leadership over the five-year forecast period," said Lloyd Cohen, research director, IDC Enterprise Platforms group. "There are still warning signs on the horizon that cannot be overlooked. EMEA is experiencing an IT slowdown and previous hot markets such as China are also beginning to cool off. IDC has slightly lowered its server forecast over the next five years to take into account these events."