Gartner Says Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 27 Per Cent and Revenue Increased 14 Per Cent in the Second Quarter of 2010

EMEA Server Shipments Increased 18 Per Cent While Revenue Grew 4 Per Cent

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Worldwide server shipments grew 27.1 per cent yearonyear in the second quarter of 2010, while revenue climbed 14.3 per cent, according to Gartner, Inc.

"As in the first quarter, the second quarter again demonstrated strong yearonyear growth," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "There remained some regional variations, but all geographies demonstrated improving market conditions."

"x86based servers grew 28.9 per cent in units in the second quarter and 37.0 per cent in revenues. RISC/Itanium Unix servers remained constrained, with declines of 16.5 per cent in shipments and decreases of 8.8 per cent in vendor revenues, compared to the same quarter last year. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, fell 22.8 per cent in revenues for the quarter," said Mr Hewitt.

From the regional standpoint, Eastern Europe grew the most significantly in server shipments, with a 46.9 per cent increase in the second quarter of 2010, as well as the highest vendor revenue growth, at 26.2 per cent for the period. All other regions had varying shipment and revenue increases.

HP led the worldwide server market based on revenue (see Table 1) - the company posted just over $3.5 billion in server vendor revenue, and accounted for 32 per cent of worldwide server revenue for the second quarter of 2010. HP's share was up 3.1 per cent yearonyear.

Of the top five global vendors, Dell, Fujitsu and HP all had revenue increases for the second quarter of 2010.

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the second quarter of 2010 (see Table 2) with its market share totalling 30 per cent, as shipments increased 23.3 per cent over the same period last year. This growth was driven by increased produced from HP's ProLiant brand.

Of the top five vendors in server shipments worldwide, Dell, Fujitsu, HP and IBM posted increases in units for the second quarter.

As noted above, the primary driver of the market growth for the quarter remained the x86based server hardware platform, as it was in the first quarter - there was a marked difference between x86based servers and nonx86 server platforms for the quarter, with the latter platforms remaining constrained overall. Blade severs had the strongest growth of any form factor, with an increase of 17.8 per cent in units and 32.8 per cent in vendor revenue for the first quarter.

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments surpassed 583,500 units in the second quarter of 2010, an increase of 18.4 per cent from the same period last year (see Table 4). Server revenue totalled $3.2 billion in the second quarter of 2010, a growth of 3.7 per cent from the same quarter last year (see Table 3).

"The EMEA server market's recovery continues with typical seasonal patterns being seen with the second consecutive quarter of positive shipment and revenue growth rates," said Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner. "While the market has recorded strong growth, we need to recognise that this is growth from a low base, and the market remains significantly below the predownturn levels of 2008. Growth is being driven by the pentup demand for replacements but ongoing economic concerns continue to limit overall levels of investment."

In the second quarter of 2010, of the top five vendors, only HP and Dell exhibited growth above the average market growth in shipment terms. HP held the No. 1 position, with shipments growing at 20.7 per cent yearonyear. Dell, ranked No. 2, had the strongest shipment growth of the top five vendors, with a 23.3 per cent yearonyear increase. Oracle was the only vendor of the top five ranking to show a decline yearonyear.

In the x86 market, total volume in EMEA grew 19.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2010. "The x86 market is the engine of growth for server vendors and, although shipment levels remained close to 20 per cent lower than in the second quarter of 2008, revenue is only 10 per cent lower. Virtualisation, although a slight inhibitor on volume levels is helping to drive richer system configurations, which is leading to stronger revenue performance," said Mr O'Connell.

Overall, RISC and Itanium Unix revenues declined 22.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2010. IBM led the segment in the second quarter of 2010. Despite a decline of 16.5 per cent, the vendor increased its share to 36.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2010. Oracle declined 33.6 per cent but moved to the No. 2 position. HP, ranked No. 3, exhibited a revenue decline of 13.3 per cent yearonyear, although the vendor showed the best performance in the segment and subsequently grew its market share by 2.7 percentage points in the second quarter of 2010. Bull and Fujitsu maintained their fourth and fifth places, respectively.

"The first half of 2010 has seen continued challenges for vendors in the server segment of RISC and Itanium Unix. The combination of longer sales cycles for these systems, product refreshes and ongoing economic uncertainty has resulted in RISC/Itanium Unix revenue in the second quarter of 2010 being less than half that of the second quarter of 2008," said Mr O'Connell. "We expect this market to improve in the second half of 2010, but vendors in this segment will face an increasingly difficult challenge in minimising migrations to Windows and Linux platforms."

Additional information is available to subscribers of Gartner's Servers Quarterly Statistics Worldwide programme. This programme provides worldwide market size and share data by vendor revenue and unit shipments. Segments include: region, vendor, vendor brand, subbrand, CPU type, CPU group, max CPU, platform, price band, operating system and distribution channel.
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