Global Server Revenues to Grow 17 Percent in 2022

Global Server Revenues to Grow 17 Percent in 2022

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The global server market revenue will grow 17% in 2022 to reach $111.7 billion, according to Counterpoint Research. From an enterprise perspective, transformation to a hybrid cloud and upgrades of existing infrastructure to handle increased workloads will provide growth impetus after a pause during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5G, automotive, cloud gaming, and high-performance computing will remain the key drivers for cloud service providers in data center expansion. The market is evolving with the introduction of “As-a-Service” and “pay per use” models by server companies, like Pointnext from HPE, APEX from Dell, and TruScale from Lenovo. The business model pivot has been enjoying great success due to more flexibility given to the customer at minimum capital expenses due to the emergence of workload-based infrastructure.

“In an inflationary but extremely dynamic environment, companies are looking to strengthen their infrastructure as they prepare for Web 3.0 demands from the infrastructure end. Companies are diversifying their IT infrastructure to meet the needs of data evolution and making customers cloud-ready,” said Akshara Bassi research analyst at Counterpoint Research.“Dell and HPE are the server market icons but are seeing companies like Lenovo, Inspur and Supermicro giving strong competition as demand for flexible customized configurations in bare metal option continues to rise.”

ODM Direct grew at a higher pace by 3 percentage points than the overall market for 2021 indicating a shift towards ODM direct as the choice of hardware for large-scale Data Center deployments. Foxconn and Quanta have been gaining significant market share over the years as hyperscalers continue to expand and favor ODM Direct for their data center orders. Edge server configurations will be a key driver of growth in server shipments as companies start enabling chip-to-cloud features within the devices and 5G deployments make IoT use cases penetrate across all verticals – consumer, industrial, healthcare and banking.

The infrastructure spends to enable the Metaverse will give an impetus to servers as they are the building blocks of the Metaverse. Major internet corporations and hyperscalers have already detailed their plans for spending on Metaverse infrastructure. Many enterprises are building their supercomputers to develop software that can unleash Web 3.0 on consumers. From a government perspective, supercomputers are becoming ubiquitous in every research department within it – from being used only in defense initially to climate and healthcare now. Many services are increasingly becoming cloud-based offerings as opposed to device-based earlier, with device storage and compute needs being taken care of by cloud-based services. Data centers, and thereby servers, are an integral part of the infrastructure needed to enable these services.

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