It is difficult to pin down any company today to forecast the market opportunity for microservers.
Even in a recent discussion with Intel, we were told that the company has no clear idea how the market will develop and that would be impossible to predict 1, 10 or 25 percent market share for microservers at any given point in time.
For that reason it may be surprising to read that HP is projecting that ARM and Atom microservers will reach 15 percent share of the global server market. There is little doubt that there is an opportunity for micro servers, but HP is the first company to state that that a certain market share is expected. The number was apparently taken from IDC's quarterly server tracker report, which saw density-optimized servers approached 20 percent in the first half of this year.It is difficult to pin down any company today to forecast the market opportunity for microservers.
HP's idea of a microserver is its Project Moonshot, which will launch initially with Atom S ("Centerton") processors. According to the company, such a server will be consuming 89 percent less energy than traditional servers, 94 percent less space and feature 63 percent less cost and 97 percent less complexity.
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