Microserver is a low power, lightweight, and low cost server. This again includes system-on-chip (SoC) systems comprising of many small single socket servers that share a chassis, power supplies, fans, and a common interconnect for achieving better flexibility, higher density and efficiency. The total value for global market microserver stood at USD 1,059.69 million in 2012 and it is estimated that the market would reach a size of USD 30,205.56 million by 2019. It is estimated that the market would experience growth at a CAGR of 43.4% in terms of revenue during the period from 2013 to 2019. Further, it has been estimated that a total of 2,137.92 thousand units of microserver would be shipped in 2019. The growth in demand for microservers is driven by the growing demand for power efficient, high density and low cost server ecosystems around data center and cloud. Microservers also offer better overall cost-performance, higher reliability in system-on-chip (SoC)-based implementations and overall reduction in total cost of ownership due to better self-management and are expected to define future around data center and cloud. It is expected that total cloud traffic would grow at a CAGR of 29.9% over the period 2013 to 2019 and it is expected to drive the growth in adoption of microservers. In addition, growing clout for microservers among dedicated, single application, high-scale customers for very low power server designs is expected to boost the demand in coming future as these have the required expertise and willingness to rewrite old software that run on legacy software and optimize it for microservers.
Microservers are optimized for workload such as static simple content delivery node, web servers, distributed memory caching, cold data storage; entry dedicated hosting and entry level security appliances and switches. It is expected that microserver market would grow over the coming years owing to the fact that end-users can utilize this technology to deploy systems that offer better cost-performance at lower total cost of ownership. End-users would also benefit from its reliability, reduced power and space requirements, and low cost of entry offered by microserver platforms.
Intel processor based microservers were dominating the market landscape in 2012, however; with several players foraying into this space with processor licensed from ARM, the competition in market is going to be intense. In 2014, multiple players with 64-bit SoC-based processor, designed for microserver and often offering sub-10W thermal design power (TDP) are expected to change the scenario. Microservers find application in data center and cloud environments and with lowering the power and space consumption becoming a priority with operators, the microservers are expected to see increased demand. Microserver market in terms of revenue around cloud is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 62.0% from 2013 to 2019, owing to fact that cloud is growing at a higher rate as compared to traditional data centers.
Initial customers of these low power servers were the small and medium-size enterprises with their combined market share for microserver in 2012 being 82.6% as compared to 17.4% for large-size enterprises. However, this scenario is expected to change significantly with several hyperscale customers showing interest in SoC-based microservers. Asia Pacific is estimated to be the fastest growing region over the forecast period from 2013 to 2019. Replacing existing infrastructure with a microserver is still a concern with small-size data center operators as this has to make sense economically, however; this is not the case with new infrastructure for data center and cloud coming up during the forecast period. The infrastructure for data center and cloud is expected to grow faster in Asia Pacific and Europe and thus expecting better growth in small and medium size business segment in Asia Pacific and Europe as compared to North America for microserver is justified.
Some of the major vendors in this market include Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), Dell Inc, Quanta Computer Inc., Penguin Computing and Acer Inc among others. HP emerged as a leader in 2012 followed by Dell, with their very low power server sales, however; it is seen that the real market would come alive in 2014 with multiple vendors foraying into market offering servers with multicore, 64-bit processors from different ARM licensees and Intel.
A microserver is a single socket, low power, lightweight, and low cost server. Also, it includes a shared infrastructure ecosystem wherein many small server nodes are packaged into a larger ecosystem. A microserver is a system-on-chip (SoC) comprising many small single socket servers that share a chassis, power supply, fans, and a common interconnect for achieving better flexibility, higher density and efficiency. Power consumption by SoC-based microservers is way below 90W-plus TDP (thermal design power) of processors that are used in high-end servers. Microserver boards typically have a TDP below 45W, and with higher-end designs, it has been falling to sub-10W levels. A typical microserver environment includes hardware (the microserver), operating system and application software. Microservers have gained significant momentum globally, as they are expected to offer better cost performance, higher reliability in SoC-based implementations and overall reduction in cost of ownership due to better self-management. Microservers are used in data center and cloud environments. With decreased power and space consumption, microservers are expected to witness increased demand and are become a priority with operators. The cloud market is growing and it offers huge opportunity for growth of microservers. Further, there is significant interest shown toward adoption of microservers by some of the large enterprises such as Facebook and Amazon, which is expected to boost the growth of microserver market.
The research report titled “Microserver Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019” offers an in-depth analysis of the global market based on processor type, components of microserver environment, applications, end-users and major geographies for the period from 2013 to 2019. The report provides complete analysis of the factors driving and restraining market growth, potential growth opportunities, and prevailing trends behind the increasing popularity of microservers. The research report provides market estimates and forecast for all the market segments in terms of unit shipments and revenue (USD million), and explains the impact of various factors on these segments. The report also offers analysis of the competitive scenario in the market with the help of Porter’s Five Forces and analysis of the value chain.
Segmentation by processor type includes Intel, ARM, AMD and others (Tilera, Power, MIPS). The global market for microservers is also segmented, based on the components of microserver environment, as hardware, operating system, and application software. The research report aims to provide complete insight on applications of microserver which includes data center and cloud. Further, end-users have been segmented on the basis of their size into small-size enterprises (1 to 100 employees), medium-size enterprises (100 to 1000 employees) and large-size enterprises (over 1000 employees). Major geographies analyzed under this research study include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (RoW).
The global market for microservers has been sub-segmented based on various parameters providing strategic analysis for various stakeholders across the value chain. The report also presents a market share analysis of major players in the global microserver market in 2012.
Along with the cross-sectional analysis of the microserver market scenario mentioned above, the report also includes competitive profiling of key players, business strategies and recent developments associated with the market. Major players profiled in the report include Intel Corporation, ARM Ltd., Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), Dell, Inc., Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Quanta Computer, Inc., Penguin Computing and Acer.
The report also includes competitive profiling of major players engaged in manufacturing microserver units. Major business strategies adopted by them, their market positioning, and various recent developments have also been identified in the research report. This report also provides market share analysis of major players in the microserver market based on their 2012 revenue.
The global microserver market is segmented as below:
Microserver Market Segmentation
By Processor Type
- Intel Xeon
- Intel Atom
- Others (Tilera, Power, MIPS)
- Application software
- Operating system
- Data center
By End-use Industry
- Small-size enterprises
- Medium-size enterprises
- Large-size enterprises
- North America
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of the world (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)