IDC's Technology Valuation Services: Servers provides core data and information for IT financing providers and product managers to understand equipment life cycles and measure risk in IT investments. This service provides technology assessments, including detailed road maps, current fair market values, and residual value forecasts for IT equipment portfolio managers, product marketing managers, sales professionals, procurement executives, and IT financing and leasing specialists. Technologies covered within this service include low-end, midrange, and high-end enterprise servers from tier 1 vendors. Residual value forecasts are provided in our detailed life-cycle report, and we conduct quarterly telebriefings to review market trends, product announcements, and vendor developments.
- HP Integrity servers
- IBM System z, System x, and Power servers
- Oracle/Sun Enterprise and SPARC CMT servers
- Quantitative forecasts of secondary market values (residual values) for specified products
- Technology assessments updated throughout the product life cycle
- Evaluation of vendor primary and secondary market strategies
- Assessment of related software licensing and maintenance practices on product secondary market prices
- HP Integrity Server Life-Cycle Analysis
- IBM System z Life-Cycle Analysis
- IBM Power Systems Life-Cycle Analysis
- Oracle/Sun Server Life-Cycle Analysis
In addition to the insight provided in this service, IDC may conduct research on specific topics or emerging market segments via research offerings that require additional IDC funding and client investment.
- Will demand exist for this equipment type by lease end? What will the economic value be in three to five years?
- How is this vendor positioned relative to its competitors, and what is its outlook?
- Will emerging technologies render this equipment obsolete in the near future?
- What are the technology, market, and competitive issues confronting the vendor for the specified equipment?
- How will new product features impact equipment resale prices one to four years after introduction?
- How will the increasingly global used equipment market impact used equipment prices and secondary market dynamics?
- How will new product discounting practices impact the resale for each type of equipment one to four years into the future?
IDC's Technology Valuation Services: Servers research examines how key providers are positioning themselves to compete in the major server, storage, networking, and communications markets. This service reviews strategies, market positioning, and the future direction of major vendors, including HP, IBM, and Oracle/Sun.
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