It’s been clear for a while that iPads and other tablets follow a much longer upgrade cycle than smartphones. A new report from IDC backs up this anecdotal trend with sales estimates.
IDC says macroeconomic issues including continued unrest in Ukraine and China’s sluggish economy are taking their toll on IT sales growth.
IDC has released its forecast for the big data market and predicts it will grow to $32.4 billion by 2017, at a compound annual growth rate of 27 percent. The fastest-growing segment will be cloud infrastructure, which IDC predicts will grow at 49 percent per year. Last year, IDC predicted a $23.8 billion market by 2016 at a CAGR of 31.7 percent. It also predicted the storage would be the fastest-growing segment at 53.4 percent. The research firm acknowledges the changes and attributes them (and other changes in methodology) to fluidity in a new, fast-moving market — a fair point and a smart decision if the company wants its forecast to remain relevant.
PC sales are declining in 2013 more than expected as IDC has revised its estimate downward. Enterprise sales are down around 5 percent but the consumer market is seeing a 15 percent drop as people migrate tasks away from traditional computers.
So what else is new? Dueling server numbers from IDC and Gartner don’t give the big server makers a lot to cheer about.
Don’t be fooled — the laser and inkjet printer giants may not be doing much publicly with 3D printing, but their eyes are firmly on the prize.
The world’s top five tablet makers all saw triple-digit growth in shipments during the second quarter — with the notable exception of Apple. The company’s iPad numbers were down year-over-year without a new iPad during the quarter.
The rate at which the PC market contracted during Q2 is still in the double digits, though it was ever so slightly better than the previous quarter. IDC says PC makers are still struggling against the rising tide of tablets.
Updated: Will the server market ever come back? IDC research shows worldwide revenue on server sales off nearly 8 percent year over year.
IDC is predicting a $6 billion big-data storage market by 2016, part of an overall big data market worth nearly $24 billion.