This IDC study discusses how the server market performed in 2016 overall and by vendor on a regional basis. We expect to see low-single-digit growth in 2017 as the worldwide economy is anticipated to remain fairly stable. The long-term forecast for the worldwide server market is favorable, but overall growth rates will be low over the five-year forecast period ending in 2021. A recession is expected in China in 2018 that will affect other geographic regions in 2019. There will be different growth rates for different form factors. Areas of opportunity can be found by drilling down into targeted segments.
"The volume segment was impacted by a slowdown of x86-based hyperscale server infrastructures, while midrange systems were helped by enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualization and consolidation. Some public cloud datacenter deployments are being delayed, and there are indications that overall levels of deployment and refresh may slow down even through the long term, as hyperscalers continue to evaluate their hardware provisioning criteria," said Lloyd Cohen, research director, Enterprise Servers Platform Solutions Group at IDC.