Research: 2014 State of Server Technology

Oct 25, 2013


Research: 2014 State of Server Technology

Just when conventional wisdom had converged around the cloud being a software story, shaking up the business ­models and pressuring the profit margins of the likes of Microsoft and Oracle, comes signs that the server market is poised for an upset, too. 

Of the 300 respondents to our InformationWeek State of Server Technology Survey, all of whom are involved in ­determining the need for, recommending, specifying or authorizing/approving the purchase of servers for their ­organizations, just 33% say their 2014 server budgets will increase, either slightly (25%) or significantly (8%). That’s down from 38% for 2013. Other data points:

> 53% say consolidation via increased use of virtualization is driving their server strategies.

> 52% have AMD-x86 (Opteron) processors in limited (38%) or extensive (14%) use.

> 37% make extensive use of blades.

> 32% aim to decrease the overall number of boxes in their shops.

> 27% buy from the provider offering the best deal vs. 52% in single-vendor shops.

In this report we:

> Examine how a combination of a still-limping economy and pay-as-you-go cloud services are undercutting the server business, sending industry revenue down again this year — particularly in the SMB segment.

> Discuss how data center titans are reshaping server technology by increasingly opting for commodity systems while still pushing for higher densities and better efficiency and modularity under the banner of rack-scale systems and ­microservers using alternative CPU architectures. 

> Analyze business trends, survey results and technology developments and offer some advice for refreshing server strategies in this period of disruptive change. Hint: For all but the largest enterprises, your next server may be a rental.

Respondent breakdown: 50% have 1,000 or more employees; 17% are over 10,000. Education, government and healthcare are well represented, and 51% are IT director/manager or IT executive management (C-level/VP) level. (R7411013)


Survey Name   InformationWeek State of Server Technology Survey

Survey Date   September 2013

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    300

Purpose   To determine the state of server adoption in the enterprise.

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers involved in determining the need for, recommending, specifying or authorizing/approving the purchase of servers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.



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