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Global Data Center Server Market - Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027
The global data center server market recorded a valuation of $90 billion in 2021 and is projected to reach $115 billion by 2027. This market is experiencing significant growth in high-density servers, with rack and blade servers from vendors like Cisco Systems, Intel, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Dell Technologies, IBM, and Lenovo being the most popular choices. Data centers consist of crucial IT infrastructure such as servers, storage, and network infrastructure, which are responsible for processing and storing user data. Servers play a vital role in this infrastructure as they store and process the data.
To enhance the efficiency of their data centers, operators are increasingly adopting high-density servers. Rack servers are expected to be the most widely used, followed by blade servers. The migration from on-premises infrastructure to colocation facilities and the growing deployment of workloads will drive capital spending on server infrastructure across various industry verticals. The demand for advanced servers will be driven by data center operators’ need to upscale their existing infrastructure, particularly due to the preference for higher rack power density. ODM servers dominate server infrastructure investment, accounting for over 25% of the market share in 2021. The United States and China are the leading markets for server infrastructure procurement, collectively representing more than 50% of the market share in 2021. Rack servers continue to dominate the market, but blade servers are not far behind. The increasing investments in edge data centers will contribute to the market share growth of micro servers during the forecast period. Vendors are continuously innovating their offerings to cater to specific workloads, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.
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USD 90.6 billion in 2020
Sectors, Server Types, and Geography
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The COVID-19 pandemic led to strict lockdown measures in many countries, resulting in a shift towards remote work. The widespread adoption of online platforms for activities such as digital banking, video conferencing, and online education has created a demand for high-density and high-performance servers to securely handle the generated data. The procurement of server infrastructure solutions is crucial for ensuring the efficiency of data center infrastructure, as server infrastructure, along with network and storage, consumes over 50% of the power in data centers.
In terms of regional distribution, North America held the largest share of the server market in 2021, accounting for 44% of the overall market, followed by the Asia-Pacific region. The cloud and telecom sectors were the primary drivers of server demand in 2021 and are expected to continue leading during the forecast period. Key trends in the server market include virtualization, convergence, and hyperconvergence. Operators worldwide are utilizing ARM-based and X86 servers to meet their needs.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including sectors, server types, and geography.
Segmentation by Industry Type
Cloud Sector, It & Telecom
Other Industry Sectors
Segmentation by Server Type
Segmentation by Geography
North America – US, Canada
Latin America – Brazil, Other Latin American Countries
Western Europe – UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Ireland, Other Western European Countries
Central and Eastern Europe – Russia, Other Central & Eastern European Countries
Nordics – Sweden, Other Nordic Countries
Middle East – UAE, Saudi Arabia, Other Middle Eastern Countries
Africa – South Africa, Other African Countries
APAC – China & Hong Kong, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, India, Rest of APAC
Southeast Asia – Singapore, Other Southeast Asian Countries
The growth of the data center server market has been accelerated by the BFSI sector’s increasing data storage requirements and the need for robust IT infrastructure to handle large daily data transfers. This has prompted organizations in the government sector worldwide to establish their own data centers, driven by the demand for secure, portable, and easily accessible data.
Colocation service providers are playing a significant role in hyperscale data center projects, leasing facilities to global cloud service providers. These hyperscale facilities heavily rely on high-density servers, which may result in increased operational expenditure for operators. To improve efficiency, some operators are leveraging the Open Compute Program to design their own servers tailored to their data centers.
Major hyperscale operators like Amazon Web Service (AWS), Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are developing customized server infrastructure through initiatives such as the Open Compute Project (OCP) to enhance data center performance. For example, Microsoft launched Project Olympus in 2021 to develop innovative cloud hardware designs with OCP’s support. The microserver market is anticipated to grow due to the rise of edge data centers and the BFSI sector. Dell Technologies, IBM, and HPE are among the prominent players offering microservers.
While rack servers remain dominant, the procurement of blade servers will be driven by specific workload requirements. Blade servers are designed to fulfill the demand for high power density within compact spaces in data centers.
India is expected to experience the highest growth rate, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 13.26% during the forecast period. North America accounted for the largest share of the global data center server market in 2021, representing about 45%, followed by APAC and Western Europe. In APAC, India is emerging as a key market, while China, Hong Kong, and Japan collectively hold the majority of the market share. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the industry faced supply chain shortages, prompting many Chinese companies to produce their own chips and servers. For example, Alibaba announced the development of a new 5nm ARM-based server chip for its data centers. In the Nordic region, there is an increasing demand for ARM-based servers, as high-performance computing solutions dominate the facilities there.
Continuous innovation in server infrastructure for data center facilities is being driven by vendors. Leading the market is Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), followed by Dell Technologies and Intel, in the data center server market.
Vendors are actively collaborating with operators to introduce and enhance liquid cooling solutions. For example, Iceotope Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have entered into an OEM agreement to deliver liquid cooling solutions specifically designed for edge data centers.
Data center operators are adopting servers equipped with x86, x64 processors, as well as ARM-based servers. Collaborative deployments with vendors are taking place in the data center industry. In April 2021, Microsoft partnered with Wiwynn to test the implementation of two-phase immersion-cooled servers in its Washington data center.
Key companies profiled in this report include ATOS, Cisco Systems, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei Technologies, IBM, Inspur, Intel, Lenovo, NetApp, Oracle, NEC, Black Box Network Services, Fujitsu, Tripp Lite (EATON), Hitachi Vantara, Infortrend Technology, Iron Systems, Supermicro, VIOLIN, Quanta Cloud Technology, WISTRON (Wiwynn).
Key Questions Answered
What is the projected value of the data center server market in 2027?
The projected value of the data center server market in 2027 is estimated to be $115.30 billion.
Who are the major vendors in the data center server market?
Some of the major vendors in the data center server market include Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Intel, and Lenovo.
What are the driving factors behind the growth of the data center server market?
The growth of the data center server market is driven by factors such as the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), the growing deployment of edge data centers, the rise of digitalization, and the development of internet infrastructure.
Which region currently holds the dominant position in the data center server market?
Currently, the North American region is dominating the data center server market.