An improving economy will increase demand for computer servers, allowing suppliers to keep prices stable despite falling costs.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 11, 2014
Computer servers have a buyer power score of 3.9 out of 5, which reflects favorable price trends and limited market risks for the buyer. However, an unfavorable market structure lowers buyer power slightly. Prices of computer chips and processors, both critical components for computer servers, largely dictate computer server prices. Fortunately, prices for computer chips have fallen almost every year since their invention. With lowered input costs, computer server providers are able to deliver lower prices to buyers. Sharp declines in computer server prices have characterized the past 10 years, and this trend is anticipated to continue in the three years to 2017. “With steadily decreasing prices, buyers do not have to worry about locking in contracts to avoid price hikes and can delay their purchases to secure better pricing,” according to IBISWorld business research analyst Andrew Yang.
Market risks are fairly low for buyers. Most computer server providers are large diversified companies that sell a variety of goods, including personal computer (PC) hardware, software and services. While profit margins vary significantly among suppliers, bankruptcy risks are low all around, ensuring that buyers have access to stable suppliers. Supply chain risks are moderate mainly because computer server providers are dependent on one company for their computer chips and microprocessors. “This upstream concentration leaves server providers vulnerable to supply chain risks and price shocks,” says Yang.
Buyer power is limited due to high market share concentration and product specialization, which limit the number of suppliers that buyers can access for computer servers. Additionally, there are high barriers to entry for new computer server providers because starting a business in the market requires significant technological expertise and high capital investments. Despite these factors, market share concentration is expected to decrease as foreign companies increasingly enter the market, benefiting the buyer. In addition, cloud computing is becoming an increasingly powerful substitute for purchasing computing services, and, as this technology improves, buyers will be better able to negotiate pricing with suppliers. Major vendors include Dell, IBM Corporation and Hewlett-Packard Development Company LP. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Computer Servers procurement category market research report page.
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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics
This report is intended to assist buyers of computer servers, which are hardware systems designed to respond to and handle requests from other computers across a network or over the internet. Servers are designed to handle multiple tasks from multiple users and are essential for most medium-size to large businesses. Examples of servers include file servers, print servers, database servers and web servers. This product group excludes desktops, laptops and software. Cloud-computing services are also excluded.
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