Workstation Market

Workstation Market: Increasing Demand for 3D Animation Software Likely to Boost Growth: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026

A workstation is an advanced computer designed for scientific and technical applications. Workstations are professionally designed for high-end user applications including digital content creation, finance modelling, and software engineering among others. Workstations can run multi-user operating systems and are featured with a redundant array of independent disks, SSDs, and optimised GPUs. The global workstation market is projected to register a CAGR of 9.8% in terms of value and 4.3% in terms of volume during the forecast period 2016–2026.

The global workstation market can be segmented on the basis of – Product Type (Tower Workstation, Mobile Workstation, Rack Workstation, Blade Workstation, All-in-One Workstation); Operating System (Windows, Linux, Unix); and Application (Digital Content Creation, Economic/Finance, Engineering, Scientific, Software Engineering, Other Commercial). The Windows Operating System is expected to expand at a comparatively high CAGR in terms of value over the forecast period – estimated to account for a relatively high value share of 90.7% by the end of 2016. This segment is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.9% over the forecast period.

The Mobile Workstation segment is estimated to account for a revenue share of 23.7% in the global workstation market by the end of 2016 and is expected to expand at a CAGR of 5.9% over the forecast period. Mobile workstations come with high-end computing features such as faster graphics processors, powerful CPUs, and additional memory, which offer a combination of professional and business features and advanced hardware that has been optimised for stability, reliability, and performance. The product cycle of the mobile workstation is very long and can be as long as three years and above in some cases as compared to other workstation segments. Mobile workstations are in high demand across the globe owing to better performance and advanced features that find adoptability in a wide array of applications such as digital content creation, economic/finance, and software engineering.

Market drivers and trends

A growing demand for 3D animation software, digital content creation, and networking and graphics is expected to fuel the growth of the global workstation market over the forecast period. However, longer replacement cycles and increasing competition from alternative computing platforms that deliver quality, high performance, and value can pose major challenges to the sustained growth of this market over the next few years.

The global workstation market is likely to witness several big trends in the next 10 years. A few notable trends include migration of PC and Apple Mac users to workstations, an increase in the global demand for virtual workstations, a rising preference for mobile workstations in oil and gas exploration applications, a growing demand for tower workstations in digital content creation applications, and a high demand for mobile workstations in software engineering applications.

Market projections

The North America region is projected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period and is anticipated to have a higher market share as compared to other regions due to a growing demand for digital content creation. In terms of value, North America is estimated to account for a significantly high market share of 40.4% by the end of 2016 and the market in the region is expected to expand at a CAGR of 9.6% over the forecast period. The Mobile Workstation segment is estimated to account for a high market share of 35.5% in the North America market by the end of 2016. The workstation market in APEJ is estimated to account for 22.3% value share by the end of 2016 while Western Europe and Eastern Europe are estimated to account for 27.8% and 2.6% value share respectively by the end of 2016.

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Market leaders

Hewlett-Packard, Dell Inc., Lenovo Group Limited, Fujitsu Ltd., and NEC Corporation are some of the leading companies operating in the global workstation market.

This report by Future Market Insights on the global workstation market for the period 2016–2026 presents a detailed forecast and analysis of the global workstation market in terms of market value and volume. The primary objective of the report is to offer information and updates on market opportunities in the global workstation market. The report is categorically divided into different sections namely – by Product Type, by Operating System, by Application, and by Region – to understand and offer relevant insights on the global workstation market.

The report starts with an overview of the global workstation market. This section includes detailed impact analysis of key growth drivers and restraints based on the weighted average model to better equip clients with useful decision-making insights. The subsequent sections analyse the market on the basis of product type, operating system, application, and region, and present the forecast and market projections (both value and volume) for the next 10 years. The final section of the report showcases the competitive landscape of the global workstation market to provide report audiences with a dashboard view of some of the leading companies operating in this market, along with information on their strategies and growth updates.

Research methodology

To deduce market size, the report considers the average selling price of various types of workstations across geographies. Furthermore, data points such as regional split and market split by application and process; and qualitative inputs from primary respondents have been incorporated to arrive at suitable market estimates. The report evaluates the total revenue that is expected to be generated across the global workstation market over the forecast period (2016–2026). When developing the market forecast, the starting point involves sizing up the current market, which forms the basis for forecasting how the market is anticipated to take shape during the forecast period. Given the characteristics of the market, the data is then triangulated on the basis of demand side and supply side analysis. However, quantifying the market across different segments and regions is more a matter of quantifying expectations and identifying opportunities rather than rationalising them at the end of the forecast period. It is imperative to note that keeping in mind an ever-fluctuating global economy, the report not only highlights forecasts in terms of CAGR, but also analyses the market on the basis of key parameters such as Year-on-Year growth to understand market predictability and to identify the right opportunities.

The different segments and sub-segments have further been analysed in terms of Basis Point Share (BPS) to understand the individual segments’ relative contribution to market growth. This detailed level of information is important for identification of many key trends in the global workstation market. Another key feature of this report is the prediction of revenue forecast in terms of absolute dollar opportunity, critical in assessing the level of opportunity that a provider can look to achieve as well as to identify potential resources from a sales perspective. Future Market Insights has also developed a market Attractiveness Index to understand the key market segments in terms of growth and performance of the global workstation market. The resulting index helps providers identify real market opportunities.

Market segmentation

By Product Type

By Operating System

By Application

  • Tower Workstation

  • Mobile Workstation

  • Rack Workstation

  • Blade Workstation

  • All-in-One Workstation

  • Windows

  • Linux

  • Unix

  • Digital Content Creation

  • Economic/Finance

  • Engineering

  • Scientific

  • Software Engineering

  • Other Commercial

               Key geographies covered                                                        Top market players

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Eastern Europe

  • Western Europe

  • Asia Pacific Excluding Japan

  • Japan

  • Middle East and Africa

  • Hewlett-Packard

  • Dell Inc.

  • Lenovo Group Limited

  • Fujitsu Ltd.

  • NEC Corporation