Worldwide server shipments up 7.2pc – Gartner


30 Nov 2011

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Worldwide server shipments in the third quarter of 2011 increased 7.2pc year-on-year, while revenue rose 5.2pc year-on-year, according to Gartner, Inc.

“The third quarter of 2011 produced growth on a global level but there was some significant variation in growth by region,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner.

“All regions showed growth in both shipments and vendor revenue except for Western Europe, which posted a 4.9pc decline in revenue for the period. Asia/Pacific grew the most significantly in shipments, with a 23.9pc increase. Eastern Europe posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 27.4pc for the period.”

“x86 servers forged ahead and grew 7.6pc in units and 9.3pc in revenue," Hewitt added.

"Some regions, like Western Europe and the United States, did not produce as much relative x86-based server growth because of comparatively stronger third-quarter results in 2010.

"RISC/Itanium Worldwide Unix server shipments declined 6.8pc, but vendor revenue increased 3.5pc compared to the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 6.9pc,” Hewitt said.

All of the top 5 global vendors had revenue increases for the third quarter of 2011 except HP and Oracle.

HP declined 3.6pc year-on-year and Oracle achieved flat growth. IBM took the lead in the worldwide server market based on revenue – the company posted just over US$3.8bn in server vendor revenue for a total share of 29.7pc for the third quarter of 2011. This share was down 0.5pc year-on-year. Most of IBM’s revenue growth came from its Power Systems line, with some contribution by System X, as well.

Table 1
Worldwide: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q11 (US Dollars)

Company

3Q11

Revenue

3Q11 Market Share (pc)

3Q10

Revenue

3Q10 Market Share (pc) 3Q10-3Q11 Growth (pc)
IBM 3,846,807,802 29.7 3,717,419,666 30.2 3.5
HP 3,802,440,047 29.3 3,942,615,230 32.0 -3.6
Dell 1,903,221,687 14.7 1,789,631,319 14.5 6.3
Oracle 763,610,285 5.9 763,964,420 6.2 0.0
Fujitsu 603,044,868 4.7 582,244,543 4.7 3.6
Other Vendors 2,048,599,229 15.8 1,533,530,740 12.4 33.6
Total 12,967,723,917 100.0 12,329,405,918 100.0 5.2

Source: Gartner (November 2011)

Table 2
Worldwide: Server Vendor Shipment Estimates, 3Q11 (Units)

Company

3Q11

Shipment

3Q11 Market Share (pc)

3Q10

Shipment

3Q10 Market Share (pc) 3Q10-3Q11 Growth (pc)
HP 693,265 29.2 715,481 32.3 -3.1
Dell 517,867 21.8 501,593 22.7 3.2
IBM 287,507 12.1 287,574 13.0 0.0
Fujitsu 79,072 3.3 75,479 3.4 4.8
Lenovo 46,638 2.0 26,346 1.2 77.0
Other Vendors 748,633 31.5 607,641 27.4 23.2
Total 2,372,982 100.0 2,214,115 100.0 7.2

Source: Gartner (November 2011)

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