Micro Servers
The global market for Micro Servers is projected to reach US$97 billion by 2024, driven by the growing preference for cost effective servers for non-critical light computing functions and tasks such as web hosting, cloud storage, web and online services, video steaming, downloads, social networking and non-critical business applications such as corporate logins, among others. The market also stands to benefit from the growing popularity of distributed computing and the resulting growing number of hyperscale workloads inside a modern datacenter which warrant the use of micro servers coupled with the growing trend among SMBs to group micro servers into clusters for cost effectively fulfilling server functions. Benefits of micro servers driving their adoption among small and medium businesses (SMBs) and consumer homes include lower costs and affordable price points; high energy efficiency; small form factor; reduced cooling needs; and optimum price per performance per watt. Rise in the volume of quantifiable scale-out workloads directly impacts demand for micro servers. For instance, the popularity and adoption of big data analytics will create the need for workloads to be scaled across multiple computers for parallel processing thereby offering a business case for micro servers. Other emerging new application areas for micro servers poised to influence growth include home consumer multi-media and gaming functions; networked storage applications as a NAS solution for home and small businesses; use as an app server for application-specific functions; and use as a virtual host server, among others. The robustly growing market for web hosting services is poised to benefit demand for micro servers among web hosting companies. Also, continuous technology innovation in powerful yet energy frugal SoCs, added support for 64-bit processing, and inclusion of additional memory will continue to expand the performance and capabilities of micro servers and their ability to handle dynamic web elements against the backdrop of growing demand for cloud services and need for low-end servers running specific computing workloads. Asia-Pacific represents the largest and the fastest growing market worldwide with a CAGR of 45% over the analysis period led by factors such as expanding number of SMBs in the region; and robust investments in enterprise IT solutions.  

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Company and Industry News & Stories
  • Intel Unveils New Microprocessor Chips for Cloud Data Servers and Corporate Servers
  • HPE Unveils ProLiant Microserver Gen10 with Features such as AMD Processors, Opteron X3000 Series with 2 or 4 Core Options and Turbo Clock Speeds up to 3.4GHz
  • HPE and ClearCenter Partner in a Move to Provide ClearOS, Linux-based Operating System on HPE ProLiant Servers
  • NEC Appoints ILA Microservers as its Business Partner to Provide Smart DX Microserver Series in the European Market
  • KALEAO and ILA-Microservers Partner in a Move to Provide Server Solutions in the Netherlands

Product Definition & Scope
  • A Micro server is defined as a server comprising of multiple nodes, either with several low-power processors or a single socket, sharing infrastructure such as cabling, power and cooling with similar devices. In a single motherboard, the power consumption of these servers is said to be below 45W. Although having lower capabilities than a quad-socket or dual-socket server, a micro server can still support the same set of applications that larger servers implement, although at relatively lower performance levels. These servers generally include two Ethernet ports, two/four slots allocated for main memory, and Sata ports for connecting about four disk drives. Micro servers are generally useful in applications involving the processing of low intensive workloads like low end dedicated hosting; simple content delivery nodes; and less complex web serving. Micro servers derive their name due to their small form-factor as compared to conventional servers, which allows several of them to be stacked in a 42U rack. And due to their low cost, with prices starting at around $400, these servers can be classified as low-end servers.

Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe, Asia-Pacific (China, India and Rest of Asia-Pacific), Latin America and Rest of World

Major Players
  • Dell Technologies Inc.
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • Intel Corporation
  • MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc.
  • Super Micro Computer, Inc.
  • MiTAC International Corp.
  • Marvell Technology Group Ltd.

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