Given their common foundation in silicon and system technologies, it’s tempting to lump workstations in with their corporate and consumer PC siblings. But equating the two markets will lead to very erroneous conclusions, as the workstation’s users, demands, applications and markets exhibit very different characteristics than those of mainstream PCs.
The workstation does not suffer from the forces that have been dragging on the PC market as of late. PC buyers today find it tougher to justify replacement purchases, while being enticed to use other devices as their primary means of connectivity and personal computing. Neither is true for the bulk of workstation buyers, as each new generation of products continues to return positive ROI, improving productivity that could not be achieved with the previous generation nor any alternative device. No, workstations aren’t PCs, and vendors are justifiably more confident to hang their hats on the workstation business.
The workstation market continues to outpace both its sibling PC-based markets as well as the overall economy — and by a significant margin. Where Gartner reported that worldwide PC shipments declined 4.3 percent year over year (YoY) in the second quarter of 2017, workstation vendors experienced 8.9% growth in units (YoY). All told, the industry shipped around 1.2 million units, consisting of approximately two thirds desksides and one third mobiles.
Bullish numbers provide more evidence of the different characteristics of the workstation market leading to the contrast in the relative markets’ fortunes. Where mainstream PC buyers are increasingly reaching “good enough” levels of computing with current PCs or alternative devices, lengthening replacement cycles, buyers of workstations continue to value generation-to-generation incremental improvements in features and improvements, with expectations of increasing productivity.
Providing the most comprehensive look at the workstation market available, the JPR Workstation Report Market Quarterly for Q2’17 delves into breadth and depth across all slices of the workstation and professional GPU market, including:
Complete breakdown of traditional workstation market by units and revenue, and across product classes (mobile/entry/mid/high), platforms (mobile/entry/mid/high) and geography
Workstation market forecast:
- Complete breakdown of workstation GPU market by units and revenue, and across product classes
- Breakdown of workstation market by vertical
- Analysis and sizing of the impact of Apple platforms versus Windows/Linux workstations
- Analysis and sizing of the impact of emerging workstation virtualization (in its multiple forms)
- Analysis and sizing the impact of Intel's CPU-integrated graphics