The increasing demand for applications such as 3D animation software, networking and graphics and digital content creation is driving the growth of workstations. However, alternatives such as computing platforms offering high performance and quality pose threat to the growth of workstations. In terms of product, mobile workstations are becoming popular offering powerful CPUs, faster graphics processors, advanced hardware and additional memory. Mobile workstations are witnessing the rise in demand due to better performance and offering advanced features compared to other workstations.
According to the report by Future Market Insights (FMI), the global workstation market is anticipated to increase to 9.8% CAGR in terms of value, while in terms of volume it is expected to register 4.3% CAGR during 2016-2026. The report also indicates that the workstation market in next 10 years is projected to witness various key trends. Some of these trends include a rise in demand for virtual workstations, users migrating from Apple Mac and PC to workstations, increase in demand for tower workstations in digital content creation and rising demand for mobile workstations in oil & gas exploration and software engineering applications.
North America is expected to dominate workstation market, owing to the increasing demand for digital content creation. Followed by APEJ, and Western and Eastern Europe.
Emerging technologies are driving the demand for workstations
The introduction of new technologies is resulting into more advanced and better performing workstations. Workstations usually take the sizeable chunk of the space, hence companies are introducing new workstations which are small and need little space. For instance, Lenovo has introduced ThinkStation P320 Tiny, an impressively small workstation in the market. Measuring 1.4 x 7.1 by 7.2 inches is ISV certified workstation. The workstation can be run on a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-770 processor and has 32GB of DDR4, the workstation is designed for users in CAM, CAD and financial services. It has 24MHz RAM and can accommodate up to NVIDIA Quadro P600 GPU.
Microsoft is also working on new Windows 10 workstation edition. Microsoft is planning to optimize Windows 10 to provide better performance and reliability when workstation mode is enabled. It is also said to include faster file handling and resilient file system. Microsoft is also planning to expand hardware support by allowing the workstation to support up to 4 CPUs along with memory limit of 6TB.
Another company known as BOXX Technologies launched APEXX 4 6201, featuring new 10-core Intel® Core™ i9 X-Series processor, offering significant performance to engineers, motion media creators and architects compared to previous Intel processors. The new technology is ideal for image stabilization, editing and rendering high-resolution videos, animation and 3D effects rendering. The new technology is 15% faster in single-threaded performance and 14% faster in multi-threaded performance. The new workstation includes 128GB of system memory and also includes three NVIDIA® or AMD® Radeon Pro™ graphics cards.
Companies are also focusing on building workstations for emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). For instance, Dell has renewed its line-up of Precision mobile workstation taking advantage of new technology from NVIDIA, Intel and others. Dell Precision 7720 mobile workstation will be the first workstation designed for VR content creation.
According to the latest study from Absolute and Ponemon Institute, since past year, malware infections have increased 53%. Also, there is a need for a centralized anti-malware solution to protect workstations which can automatically update and provide a report on the health of endpoint environment. Moreover, a set of security policies should be implemented to lock down workstations to protect data and crucial information.