The global Low-End Servers market is projected to reach 11.7 million units by 2018, driven by growing demand for low-cost and energy-efficient servers primarily in developing countries of Asia-Pacific and Latin America.
With advantages such as low-cost, improved processing and enhanced security, low-end servers are proving to be an ideal value proposition for enterprises seeking cost-effective yet efficient technology solutions. Low-end servers are primarily designed to fulfill the requirement of small and medium enterprises, data centers, and work groups. These servers are designed to run applications over an extended period of time with minimal human supervision. These servers are usually priced below US$25000. Low-end servers include file servers, print servers, web servers, email servers among others. Clustering and grid solutions are helping Low-End x86 Servers to replace expensive high-end servers. Market maturity, decline in prices, and technology developments in processing capability have largely enabled the use of low-end servers as business intelligence tools in the place of high-end desktops, primarily to extract information from ERP systems. Given the business opportunity in this lowest level of the market's pyramid, leading players are gearing up to target this market with uniquely designed server solutions.
In terms of operating system, Windows remains the most popular operating system for servers, due to its simplicity as compared to other operating systems. However, Linux continues to enjoy significant commercial success on the low-end server platform. Features such as intuitive management tools, virtualization compatibility and greater interoperability with conventional corporate IT solutions, are factors driving Linux's overall success in the market. In terms of architecture, unlike the higher priced servers, wherein chip architectures range from RISC architectures to IBM's POWER, HP's Alpha and Oracle's SPARC, low end-servers are largely architectured around the x86 architecture, especially 32-bit x86.
Asia-Pacific represents the largest as well as the fastest growing market worldwide with a projected CAGR of 9.5% over the analysis period. Growth in the region is led by countries such as China and India. In Europe, subdued growth in IT spending, especially in Western Europe, is casting a dampener on demand patterns in the domestic market.
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