Gartner Says Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 4 Per Cent While Revenue Declined 5 Per Cent in Third Quarter of 2008
In EMEA, First Decline in Server Revenues Since Second Quarter of 2006
In server shipments, HP grew 11.4 per cent compared to the third quarter of 2007, and retained its worldwide server shipment lead. The share gap between it and second-place Dell increased 2.1 percentage points for the quarter (see Table 2). HP finished the quarter with its shipment market share reaching 31.2 per cent for the period. HP's growth came from its ProLiant brands. HP pushed its blade server shipment share upward 3.9 per cent to reach a total of 46.4 per cent for the quarter. Dell and Sun both posted shipment growth for the quarter at 3.3 per cent and 2.9 per cent, respectively. IBM's server shipments fell 3.5 per cent and Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens' server shipments dropped 3.8 per cent for the quarter.
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments totalled more than 68,000 units in the third quarter of 2008, a 5.8 per cent growth from the same period last year (see Table 4). Server revenue totalled $3.9 billion in the third quarter of 2008, a 5.4 per cent decrease over the same quarter last year. "Effects of a weaker economy bit the server market in the third quarter of 2008, which marked the first year-on-year decline in server revenues since the second quarter of 2006," said Errol Rasit, senior research analyst at Gartner. "However, server shipments continued to grow at 5.8 per cent, demonstrating healthy performance in the x86 market." Except for HP, all the other leading vendors experienced a decline in revenue in the third quarter of 2008 (see Table 3). HP held the revenue lead in the EMEA server market for the quarter, with 0.9 per cent year-on-year growth.
In server shipments, HP retained its market share which helped it maintain its No.1 position, with shipments increasing 14.0 per cent year-on-year (see Table 4). Mr Rasit added: "HP was the only vendor to exhibit a double digit year-on-year growth demonstrating its dominance in the server market. Of the top five vendors, Dell was the only vendor to show growth but could not repeat its strong performance seen in the first half of 2008."
In the third quarter of 2008, RISC and Itanium Unix revenues declined 11.3 per cent while units declined 20.1 per cent year-on-year. Of the top five vendors in this segment, only Groupe Bull exhibited revenue growth. Sun saw the biggest revenue decline in this segment with -20.1 per cent growth, a bad situation considering that this segment constitutes Sun's core business. In the x86 market, total volumes in EMEA grew 7 per cent from the third quarter of 2007. HP bolstered the growth and accounted for 14.9 per cent market share, far outpacing any of its nearest rivals. In server shipments, Dell grew 4.3 per cent year-on-year while IBM and FSC declined. The battle for fifth place continued in the third quarter of 2008 with Acer taking Sun's position. Additional information is available to subscribers of Gartner Dataquest'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, sub brand, CPU type, CPU group, Max CPU, platform, price band, operating systems and distribution channels.
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