Bifurcated Server Market
IDC said the server market is serving two distinct types of customer workloads.
The first, which IDC termed "2nd Platform workloads," are traditional workloads requiring rich configurations to consolidate server infrastructure and provide advanced management and automation.
The second, which IDC called "3rd Platform workloads," target virtualized environments for both enterprises and service providers. These next-generation workloads are stateless and scale horizontally, and are not aimed at infrastructure resiliency, IDC said.
Gartner said x86-based server sales in 2014 were driving more by hyper-scale data center and service provider requirements, with enterprises more likely to consolidate their physical server environments via increased use of virtualization.