An extensive demand exists in IT space for data centers consisting of computer systems with requirements such as storage, IT equipment, and support infrastructure. Implicit modernization of IT resources includes mobilization of data centers that have undergone a tectonic shift from traditional infrastructure to converged infrastructure or white box servers.
Mixing a data center with both - generic data centers and white box servers in order to keep the data center on call at any given time that could run diverse analytical applications is the latent requirement and serves as a proactive market driver to white box server market.
An alternative driver to the white box server market is random adoption of energy-efficient servers. Data explosion coupled with digitization and business growth on an expansive scale have underscored the need for data centers, thereby increasing the market for white box server market.
Data Analytics and cloud adoption with increased server applications for processing workloads aided by cross-platform support in a distributed environment is another market driver to white box server market Open Infrastructure conducive to software-defined operations and housing servers, storage and networking products will accentuate the market for storage and networking products during the forecast period
Effective Data center utilization to achieve competitive advantages in business applications has also significantly contributed to growth of white box server market.
Lack of technical know-how to man the installation constitutes the largest restraint to the growth of market share.
A possible restraint to the market share is the deterioration in performance of servers, having a life-span that may not be in excess of five years.
Segmentation of white box server market comprises rack and tower servers, blade servers, and density-optimized servers.
Segmentation by business type includes data center and enterprise customers.
By processor, it runs into X86 servers and Non-X86 servers.
By operating system, white box sever market share culminates in Linux and others (Windows and UNIX)
By geography, the market share leverages into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, MEA, and Latin America.
The key stakeholders in the market share include associations, organizations, forums and alliances, raw material vendors, component providers, original design manufacturers, OEM’s, Cloud service providers, Operating System Providers, Processor manufacturers, and Research Organizations.
As per news article dated Oct 2015, a mere 17% of IT professionals will invest sums on traditional infrastructure from Dell, HP and Lenovo with 40% setting aside capital on white box vendors such as VCE and NetApp.
A recent survey concluded that 4% of enterprises are already employing white-box servers for management of IT resources but the situation is likely to alter with a marked deviation from traditional infrastructure to white-box servers and a gradual shifting of loyalties to white-box vendors is projected.
X86 microprocessor-based architecture credited with dynamic performance of white box server has proved to be a strong ground for competition with perceptible shift in adopting white box servers blotting traditional infrastructures.
There exists a growing opportunity for vendors who place themselves in line by offering white-box servers and in doing so fulfill key customer needs.
The key industry players include Quanta Computers, Inc., Wistron Corporation, Inventec Corporation, Hon hai Precision Industry Company Ltd., MITAC Holdings Corporation Ltd, Celestica Inc, Compal Electronics,Hyve, Penguin, Computing, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, 451 Research, Converged infrastructure, Dell, VCE, NetApp, Servers Direct, Stack velocity group, Super Micro, Silicon Mechanics, and ZT Systems.
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