Cloud Server Market Set to Double from 2010 to 2012
January 16, 2012
Spurred by the rising use of online storage and infrastructure systems to support services like Apple Inc.’s iCloud, cloud servers will enjoy robust prospects in 2012 and then move on to become the fastest-growing segment of the server industry within three years.
Shipments of cloud servers are projected to reach 875,000 units in 2012, up a notable 35 percent from 647,000 in 2011 and nearly double the 460,000 in 2010, according to an IHS iSuppli Compute Platforms topical report from information and analysis provider IHS (NYSE: IHS).
High growth rates ranging from 23 to 30 percent are anticipated for each of the next three years until 2015, by which time cloud server shipments will have hit approximately 1.8 million units, as shown in the figure below. The five-year compound annual growth rate for cloud servers beginning in 2010 stands at 31 percent—five times greater than the forecast for the total server market.