Conference Information

Open Server Summit is the only event focused entirely on the $40 billion server market. And it is the first event to deal with “Bringing Servers into the Cloud Computing Era”.

It will cover such key emerging topics as virtualization, cloud computing, green design and energy saving methods, solid state drives, power and cooling, data center strategies, server roadmaps, and application acceleration.

The Open Server Summit focuses on the design of next-generation servers ranging from simple blades to powerful high-end systems. Servers have the primary function of managing data transfers rather than actual computing. They generally operate in large racks in data centers. Problems include load balancing, power dissipation, consolidation, and expansion. Current issues include designing for virtualization and cloud computing, reducing power consumption, managing large numbers of servers (server farms), increasing throughput and performance, and bundling of servers, interfaces, and software into unified architectures. Other issues include the use of advanced interfaces and storage devices such as 10/40/100GbE, InfiniBand, NAS, SAN, and solid state drives.

Why Should YOU Attend the Open Server Summit

  • reduce server costs
  • save space in data centers
  • reduce server power consumption
  • allow for easier expansion of centers
  • simplify maintenance
  • reduce storage costs
  • solve cooling problems in data centers
  • consolidate servers
  • consolidate data centers
  • automate server management
  • reduce administrative overhead
  • identify interoperability issues
  • learn about server standards

Market Size

  • 2nd Quarter 2012 revenue was $12.6 billion with 2 million units shipped
  • Company standings were: HP, 29.6%; IBM, 29.2%; Dell, 16%; Oracle, 6%; Fujitsu, 3.9%; others, 15.3%
  • Revenue by operating system was: Windows, 47.9%; Linux, 22.1%; UNIX, 18.4%
  • Revenue by processor type was: x86, 69.4%; non-x86, 30.6%

What the Market is saying

“…the global server hardware market will reach $57.8 billion in 2014.”
— TechNavio, April 2011

Businesses worldwide purchased 9.5 million servers of all types in 2011, up 7 percent compared to the 8.9 million servers sold in 2010. That equated to a total 2011 server spend of $52.8 billion, up 7.9 percent over the $48.9 billion spent on servers the year before.”
— Gartner, February 2012

Shipments of cloud servers are projected to reach 875,000 units in 2012, up a notable 35 percent from 647,000 in 2011 and nearly double the 460,000 in 2010
— Peter Lin, IHS ISuppli, January 2012

“Worldwide revenue for cloud computing servers is projected to grow to $9.4 billion in 2015…”
— Katie Broderick, IDC, June 2011


The Open Server Summit program will provide attendees with practical information on the current state of servers and their hardware, software, applications, management, and operation. It consists of:

  • Saving Energy in Servers and Datacenters
  • Increasing Server Performance
  • Designing cloud Servers
  • Microservers

Intended Audience:

  • CIO
  • IT/IS Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Computer Manager
  • CTO
  • Network Manager
  • Storage Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Telecom Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Communications Specialist
  • Server Manager

What the experts are saying about Servers

“A rack of blade servers can generate as much as 14 kilowatts, nearly the heat given off by two electric ovens.” – Walter Schwarz, Fluent

“Google engineers have already warned their bosses that the cost of the electricity needed to run the company’s servers will soon be a lot greater than the actual purchase price of the servers.” – Michael Vizard, Ziff-Davis Enterprise Technology Group

“Future fabric-based servers will treat memory, processors and I/O cards as components in a pool, combining and recombining them into particular arrangements to suit the owner’s needs.” – Carl Claunch, Gartner, 12/09

“I see more redundancy to the point where there are really no single points of failure in a system,” – Dan Olds, Gabriel Colnsulting Group, November 2009.

“The future of servers is clearly virtualization and the requirements they place on storage systems is similar to that of mainframe servers. Now there are 5 or more applications running on the same server platform and I/O load has increased in proportion. Also when storage is not available more applications are affected. This type of workload requires monolithic storage that can scale up as well as out and provide the performance, availability, and scalability required for virtual server environments. Simply put a cluster of modular storage systems won’t be able to hack it.” – Hu Yoshida, Hitachi Data Systems, October 2009

Summit Hours

Day/Date Registration Conference Exhibits
Tuesday, October 23rd 7:30am–2:00pm 8:30am–8:00pm Noon–2:00pm, 5:30-700pm
Wednesday, October 24th 7:30am–2:00pm 8:30am–5:00pm Noon–2:00pm

Summit Pricing

  Online Registration until 11/21/12

On-site Registration

Full Conference (Two-Day)
Best Value
Includes access to all reserved and open sessions; roundtable sessions; panel discussions; exhibits; luncheons; receptions; refreshment breaks; online conference proceedings; and handouts.
$695 $995
One-Day Conference
Includes access for one day (Tuesday or Wednesday) to all reserved and open sessions; roundtable sessions; panel discussions; exhibits; luncheons; receptions; refreshment breaks; online conference proceedings; and handouts.
$495 $695
Press Analyst (credentialed)
no charge no charge

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