TOP 10 PREDICTIONS
Worldwide Enterprise Server 2010 Top 10 Predictions
Jean S. Bozman Matthew Eastwood
Michelle Bailey Jed Scaramella
Daniel Harrington Katherine Broderick
1. A Technology Refresh Cycle, Combined with Delayed/Deferred Server
Acquisitions and IT Budget Improvements, Will Drive an Inflection Point for the
Server Market, with Modest Growth Resuming in 2010.
2. Converged Infrastructure Will Emerge as a Major Objective of New IT Projects,
Both to Accelerate Virtualization and as a Stepping-Stone to Cloud Computing.
3. Infrastructure Renewal Initiatives Will Increasingly Involve Cloud Migration
Considerations in 2010, and Workloads Will Be the Critical Pivot Points for These
4. 2010 Will Be a Crossover Year for Virtualization; More Virtual Servers Will Be
Shipped than Physical Servers as Adoption Increases and VM Densities Rise.
5. The Relatively Homogenous x86 Volume Market Will Begin Bifurcating into a
Value-Driven Market, with Microservers at the Low End and Scalable, Multicore
Servers at the High End of the x86 Server Range.
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6. Advances in x86 Processor Architectures Will Drive Multicore to New Levels with
Releases of 8- and 12-Core CPUs, Which Will Push x86 Servers Upmarket to
Address High-End Workloads, Including Ones Traditionally Run on Unix Servers.
7. After Weathering the Recession, Blade Server Sales Will Accelerate Faster than
Any Other Market Segment in 2010, Driven by IT's Quest for Flexible
Deployments and Unified Management.
8. Oracle's Acquisition of Sun Will Change the Dynamics of the Server Market as
Oracle Focuses on Building Scale-Up, High-Value Servers for the Enterprise
Datacenter — and Selling Software for Scale-Out, High-Volume x86 Server
9. Customers Will Focus on the Operational and Business Impacts of the
Datacenter as the Vendor Marketing Emphasis Shifts from "Green" to "Energy
10. 2010 Will Herald the Beginning of Recovery for the Enterprise Datacenter Market
and Help Fuel the Ongoing Growth of the Scale-Out Datacenter.
Filing Information: February 2010, IDC #221796, Volume: 1
Enterprise Servers: Technology Markets: Top 10 Predictions