White box servers are usually purchased in bulk quantities from suppliers called original design manufacturers (ODMs). An ODM typically builds their servers with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components that can be assembled in slightly different ways or upgraded to provide the customer with a degree of system customization. Although it is feasible for an organization to construct and customize a white box server in-house from commercially available retail computer parts, an ODM can manufacture and deliver customized servers faster and perhaps offer warranty protection for parts.
The drawback of choosing a white box server over a standard OEM server, is that they are less reliable and the components often lack redundancy. White box servers lower their risks of downtime by using clustering techniques for deployment. A cluster enables high availability in a computer system by grouping servers together to act like as a single system. With this in mind, a company should do a strong evaluation on the pros in cons of deploying white box servers to ensure that it is actually cost-effective.
According to the report, global revenue for White Box Server was valued at $ 5,733.07 million in 2017, and is expected to generate revenue of $ 12,888.64 million by end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of 17.59 % between 2017 and 2022. In terms of volume, global White Box Server sales volume was 2108.52 Kilo units in 2017 and is expected to reach 4000.20 Kilo units by the end of 2022, growing at a CAGR of 13.66 % between 2017 and 2022.
Key vendors analysed in this market research are
· Hon Hai
· Super Micro Computer
· Compal Electronics
· ZT Systems
· Hyve Solutions
Of the major players of White Box Server, Quanta maintained its first place in the ranking in 2017. Top 3 players include Quanta, Wistron and Inventec.
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