Gartner Says Worldwide Server Shipment Market Grew 8 Per Cent in the Second Quarter of 2015, While Revenue Increased 7.2 Per Cent

EMEA Shipments Declined 5.6 Per Cent Due to Strong US Dollar and Economic Uncertainty

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In the second quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 8.0 per cent year over year, while revenue increased 7.2 per cent from the second quarter of 2014, according to Gartner, Inc.

"The second quarter year-over-year growth for 2015 slowed compared with the annual growth of the first quarter of the year," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "Currency exchange rate changes have started to show their impact by reducing relative spending power in regions like Western Europe. It is likely that in anticipation of further currency rate shifts that some organisations utilised their budgets earlier in the year rather than waiting until the third or fourth quarters, when their purchasing power may be further reduced by these relative currency changes.

"x86 server shipments increased 8.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2015 and revenue grew 9 per cent. RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments declined 18.7 per cent globally for the period, while RISC/Itanium revenue declined 9.7 per cent compared with the same quarter last year. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed an increase of 7.8 per cent," Mr Hewitt said.

From the regional standpoint, North America grew the most significantly in shipments with a 14.8 per cent increase. The region also posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 14.7 per cent for the period.

HP maintained its No. 1 ranking in the worldwide server market based on revenue with a 25.2 per cent market share (see Table 1). Lenovo experienced the largest increase in the second quarter of 2015 with 526.5 per cent growth in revenue. All of the top five global vendors had revenue increases for the second quarter of 2015 except IBM.

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the second quarter of 2015 (see Table 2) with a year-over-year shipment increase of 2.5 per cent. HP's worldwide server shipment share was 21.7 per cent, representing a 1.2 per cent drop in share from the same quarter in 2014.

Of the top five vendors in server shipments worldwide, all produced shipment increases except for Dell.

In EMEA, server shipments in the second quarter of 2015 declined 5.6 per cent (see Table 4), while server revenue contracted by 2.3 per cent, totalling $3.2 billion (see Table 3).

"Following a resurgent start to the year, the second quarter marked a return to the decline in server shipments and revenue in EMEA," said Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner. "Ongoing economic pressures and currency-driven price increases from the strong US dollar combined to offset the server replacement cycle in EMEA."

In shipment terms, market leader HP saw a marginal share decrease compared with the second quarter of 2014. Dell's share increased year over year as it continued to execute well in sales and marketing. It also benefitted from the shifting competitive dynamics as Lenovo acquired IBM's x86 server business. Third-place Lenovo's market share remained below that of IBM's x86 business a year ago.

In revenue terms, IBM held the third position in the second quarter of 2015. Although its overall revenue was down year over year due to the divestiture of its x86 servers to Lenovo, its non-x86 platforms increased 10 per cent thanks to the mainframe refresh cycle.

"The currency fluctuations, which are reducing revenue, will pass, but the longer-term challenge of constrained enterprise spending is set to continue," said Mr O'Connell. "The EMEA server market continues to be a sizable and important region for the vendors, but one in which vendors will have to maximise their efficiencies in order to thrive."

Additional information is available to subscribers of the Gartner Servers Quarterly Statistics Worldwide program. This program provides worldwide market size and share data by vendor revenue and unit shipments. Segments include: region, vendor, vendor brand, sub brand, CPU type, CPU group, Max CPU, platform, price band, operating systems and distribution channels.
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