Worldwide server shipments grew 7 percent in 3Q 2011: Gartner

According to Gartner, worldwide server
shipments in the third quarter of 2011 grew 7.2 percent year on year and
revenue increased 5.2 percent.

“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 4.9 percent decline
in revenue for the period, according to Gartner.

Eastern Europe posted the highest vendor
revenue growth at 33 percent for the period.

Latin America grew the most significantly
in shipments with a 28.3 percent increase.

IBM leads the worldwide server market based
on revenue. The company posted just over $3.8 billion in server vendor revenue
for a total share of 29.7 percent for the third quarter of 2011. This share was
down 0.5 percent year-on-year. IBM’s pSeries brand with some contribution by
xSeries fuelled the company’s revenue growth.

HP follows IBM with a share of 29.3
percent; its share was down 2.7 percent year-on-year. HP is the only
vendor of the top five vendors which had revenue decreases for the third
quarter of 2011.

In server shipments, HP maintained its
leadership position in the third quarter of 2011 in spite of a year-on-year
shipment decline of 3.1 percent for the quarter. This decline was driven
primarily due to drops in HP’s ProLiant and Integrity brands.

HP’s worldwide server shipment share was
29.2 percent representing a 3.1 percent drop in share from the same quarter in

Blade servers rose 4.6 percent in shipments
and 13.5 percent in revenue for the quarter. The rack-optimized form factor
climbed 8.5 percent in shipments and 9.2 percent in revenue for the third
quarter of 2011.

“x86 servers forged ahead and grew 7.6
percent in units and 9.3 percent in revenue. Some regions like Western Europe
and the United States did not produce as much relative x86-based server growth
because of comparatively stronger Q3 results in 2010. RISC/Itanium Worldwide Unix server
shipments declined 6.8 percent, but vendor revenue increased 3.5 percent
compared to the same quarter last year. The -other’ CPU category, which is
primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 6.9 percent,” Hewitt added.


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