This Market Intelligence Report focuses on the server marketplace in the United States from a supply chain sourcing perspective. The category includes products ranging from tower to rack, blade and mainframe servers. Primarily a concentrated and mature industry, the server market has a well developed supplier base and is growing at a low rate. The category has medium product segmentation and serves primarily industrial, commercial, and government markets. The demand for servers is generated by various industries with primary drivers including economic growth, technological advancement, and growth of the service sector. Key costs around the server category include electronic components, capital expenditures and labor. The major trends in the server industry include virtualization and cloud computing, among others. Import export activity in this sector is medium and is exhibiting an increasing trend. The risk outlook for the servers industry is deteriorating based on the macroeconomic environment. Category management best practices around the server industry include strategic sourcing practices, green initiatives and international market dynamics advantages.
Starting with detailed background information to provide category context, this report provides insight into the market drivers around demand and key costs, including both historical and forecasted commodity pricing. The supply base section covers the top suppliers, including high-level overviews and market news. The report presents the NAICS category cost structure and historical, current and future pricing curves as well as average margins on a current and 5 year basis. The trend section reports new and emerging industry directions. Regulatory considerations include tariff and taxation issues and developing governmental initiatives. Risk outlooks offer a view into upstream drivers that could adversely affect the industry and category. Insights and Best Practices share winning strategies around the management and sourcing of this category.