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October 16, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16 -- A recent survey of HPC users worldwide conducted by Tabor Research concluded that on average, users expect to increase their overall spending on HPC products and services in 2009 and 2010. The second annual "HPC Budget Map Survey" conducted by Tabor Research covered 92 users worldwide with a range of budgets and found that over two thirds of survey respondents were expecting increases in their HPC budgets over the next two years.
Of those anticipating a spending increase:
"The health of the HPC industry is strong and appears to be getting stronger," said Addison Snell, vice president and general manager of Tabor Research. "We believe that the HPC market will grow to be about a $27.2 billion market by 2012, adding about $8.5 billion since we first measured the size of the market at $18.6 billion in 2007. During this period, we expect HPC to show some immunity to global budget cuts because of its relationship to strategic R&D."
According to Tabor Research, servers count for approximately 42 percent of the total HPC market (about $7.9 billion), but servers will grow more slowly than other major segments in the HPC space. Combined, the software, storage, and services segments account for about 46 percent of the market and are all expected to outperform the market during the forecast period.
"We expect to see storage leading the market in growth rate based on the explosive growth of data generation capabilities," said Snell. "We also see increased demand for software and services driven by greater use of HPC methods within industrial sites."
About the HPC Budget Map Survey
Tabor Research surveys HPC sites on the distribution of their total HPC budgets. The questionnaire asks respondents how their current HPC budgets are divided, on a percentage basis, among various categories: hardware, software, facilities, staff, services, utility computing, and other. Respondents are then asked to further divide each category into sub-segments (for example, how the software budget is allocated among system software, middleware, tools, storage management, third-party applications, and in-house transfer costs). The survey concludes with questions on user site demographics, total budget size, and projected growth. The surveys were completed in September 2008, after the start of the U.S. credit crisis. In a separate research project, additional surveys completed in one local market in the first half of October have been consistent with these findings.
About Tabor Research
Tabor Research is a market intelligence, research and consulting advisory practice focused on suppliers, users and policy makers across the High Productivity Computing ecosystem. Tabor Research has been formed to provide deep insight and perspective around the dynamics of the current and emerging HPC market segment, including trends and influences affecting customer behavior and technology adoption. More information on Tabor Research can be found at http://www.taborresearch.com.
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