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.
Markets and Subjects Analyzed
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
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Key Questions Answered
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?
Sample Life Cycle for IT Equipment
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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