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Technology Valuation Services: x86 Based PCs and Servers

IDC's Technology Valuation Services: x86 Based PCs and 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 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 x86-based desktop PCs, portable PCs, rack servers, blade servers, and tower servers from tier 1 vendors. Residual value forecasts are provided in our detailed life-cycle reports, and we conduct telebriefings to review market trends, product announcements, and vendor developments.


Markets and Subjects Analyzed

  • Desktop and portable PCs
  • Dell PowerEdge servers
  • HPE ProLiant servers
  • Lenovo System x servers
  • Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Quantitative forecasts of secondary market values (residual values) for specified products
  • Technology assessments provided throughout the product life cycle
  • Evaluation of vendor primary and secondary market strategies
  • Assessment of related software licensing and maintenance practices on the product secondary market

Core Research

  • Desktop PC Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Portable PC Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Blade Server Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Dell PowerEdge Server Life-Cycle Analysis
  • HP ProLiant Server Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Lenovo System x Server Life-Cycle Analysis
  • Cisco Unified Computing System

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.


Key Questions Answered

  1. Will demand exist for this equipment type by lease end? What will the economic value be in three to five years?
  2. How is this vendor positioned relative to its competitors, and what is its outlook?
  3. Will emerging technologies render this equipment obsolete in the near future?
  4. What are the technology, market, and competitive issues confronting the vendor for the specified equipment?
  5. How will new product features and technologies impact equipment resale prices in one to four years after introduction?
  6. How will the global used equipment market impact used equipment prices and secondary market dynamics?

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