Worldwide server shipments rose in Q3, but revenue fell, Gartner says
Server shipments declined in Japan and EMEA but grew in the Americas and Asia-Pacific
IDG News Service - Worldwide server shipments went up in the third quarter of 2012, but revenue from those sales dropped due to economic uncertainty in some parts of the world, research firm Gartner said in a study released on Wednesday.
Server shipments totaled 2.46 million units in the third quarter, growing by 3.6 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Server sales dropped year over year by 2.8 percent to US$12.6 billion.
Growth was buoyed by x86 servers, with shipments growing by 4.3 percent year over year and sales growing by 4 percent. Unix server shipments declined by 31.1 percent, with revenue falling by 16.4 percent. Gartner refers to all servers powered by certain high-end processors, such as Intel's Itanium, Oracle's Solaris or IBM's Power, as Unix servers.
Overall shipments declined in Japan and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asia), while there was growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, Gartner said.
Of the top three server vendors, Hewlett-Packard and IBM registered declines in revenue and shipments, while Dell had a healthy quarter with numbers growing by both measurements.
HP topped the charts in server shipments but suffered an 8.4 percent decline to 634,793 units, logging a 25.8 percent market share. Dell inched closer to the top spot, with shipments growing by 9 percent to 564,475 units, achieving 23 percent market share. Third-place IBM's shipments dropped by 2.5 percent to 280,424 units, giving it an 11.4 percent market share.
IBM led in server revenue, with sales totaling $3.48 billion, dropping by 9.5 percent, for a 27.6 percent market share. HP, in second place, recorded a 12.4 percent drop in revenue to total $3.33 billion, a 26.4 percent market share. Dell's server revenue grew by 10.3 percent to $2.1 billion, a 16.7 percent market share.
Dell showed strength in small and medium businesses as well as very large enterprises, said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
"They are scaling into the hyperscale market," with a customer base that includes Microsoft, and all that adds up to large volume shipments, Hewitt said.
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