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Traditional HPC 2007 to 2012 Market Model and Forecast

by Christopher G. Willard, Ph.D., Laura Segervall, Addison Snell, Debra Goldfarb
for Intersect360 Research (originally published under the Tabor Research name)
September 2008

This Tabor Research report presents our estimates for the size of the overall traditional High Productivity Computing (HPC) market, including servers, storage, services, software, networks, and other products. It also provides our forecast for the market, which we expect to grow at a 7.8% CAGR from 2008 through 2012.

  • The Traditional HPC market in total (including servers, storage, software, networks, and other products) represents an $18.6 billion market in 2007, growing by over $8.5 billion by 2012 to reach $27.2 billion.
  • Servers are important, but they are only part of the story. End-user budget data indicates that severs account for approximately 42% of the total market, or about $7.9 billion. We expect servers to hold the top share position but grow more slowly than other major segments.
  • Combined, the software, storage, and services segments account for about 46% of the market and are all expected to outperform the market during the forecast period.
  • The Mid-Range and Entry-Level segments hold the best opportunities for growth, based mostly on a larger potential pool of convertible and found problems, which lead to green-field opportunities.
  • EMEA markets should not be overlooked, as we believe they hold similar growth opportunities to the highly touted Asia-Pacific markets and may be more stable.
  • In evaluating vertical market opportunities, both growth rates and absolute growth potential must be considered. Markets that can leverage software and experience from related fields are most likely to show the greatest growth.


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