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High availability server market is getting more competitive

A group of large and mid-level vendors is seen to be in fierce competition in the global market for high availability servers. They are investing in pushing high availability servers into system infrastructure with an intent to offer superior features. In the near future, a foray by new players is expected to further heat up competition in the market.

Some of the key players operating in the global high availability server market are Cisco, IBM, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. These companies have a strong presence across the globe. Other key local vendors in the market are Fujitsu, CenterServ, Dell, Stratus Technologies, NEC and Unisys.

A report by Transparency Market Research says the global market for high availability servers is likely to rise at 11.7% CAGR between 2017 and 2025 to attain a value of $12.3bn by 2025 from $4.1bn in 2015.  

Depending upon the service sector, the global market for high availability server can be classified into banking, financial service and insurance (BFSI), IT and telecommunication, retail, medical and healthcare, government, and manufacturing. Among them, the BFSI segment accounts for largest share in the market as it needs continued storage and access to massive amounts of confidential data. A high availability server enables them to do just that with its secured pool storage. The BFSI segment accounted for a 19% share in the market in 2016.

From a geographical standpoint, North America at present leads the global market for high availability server with maximum share. This is because of multinationals wanting to bolster their positions by expanding in the developed Canada and the US market.

A number of factors are responsible for driving the global market for high availability servers. At the forefront of them is the ever-rising demand from the banking and financial institutions that need to store large amounts of data and access them too continuously and securely. "The demand for highly available and fault tolerant server infrastructure is growing across all end-use industries. Moreover, growth in data centre equipment market has widened the scope of the market. This is specifically due to centralized backup and disaster recovery features needed for data centres that are best supported by high availability servers. Technological enhancements and need for security management high availability server has further led to development of high availability servers that have the capability to provide systems with 99.999% (five nines) availability solutions," explains the lead analyst of the report.

One factor serving as a roadblock to the global market for high availability servers is their steep cost. Apart from that, they also need additional management tools to support such advanced features and this makes their maintenance costly too. In addition, not many are aware of the high availability servers and this is also posing a challenge to the growth in their market.