Worldwide Server Shipment grew 4.5 percent YoY

by CXOtoday Staff    Feb 25, 2010

In the fourth quarter of 2009, worldwide server shipments grew 4.5 per cent year-on-year, while revenue fell 3.2 per cent, according to Gartner.  

"The recovery that began in the third quarter of 2009 based on x86 servers extended into the fourth quarter," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice resident at Gartner. "However, it is important to put this into context. The fourth quarter of 2008 was quite weak, so the fourth quarter of 2009 did not have to produce huge x86 server numbers to result in an increase. At the same time, other segments like RISC/Itanium Unix and mainframes remained constrained and that exerted downward pressure on overall vendor revenue results."

"Blade servers pushed ahead with growth of 11.1 per cent in shipments and 22.1 percent in vendor revenue for the period. RISC/Itanium Unix servers, on the other hand, dropped 30.5 percent in shipments and fell 20 percent in revenue in the fourth quarter," Mr Hewitt said.

In the Asia/Pacific region the server shipments grew at 19.6 percent, while vendor revenue grew by 9.1 percent. IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue. In the fourth quarter of 2009, IBM’s server revenue was about $4.1 billion, reflecting a 5.9 percent year-on-year decline. IBM’s market share was 32.7 percent, a 1 percentage point decline. System x grew, while System p and System z posted declines for the quarter. Of the top five global vendors, HP, Dell and Fujitsu grew in revenue for the quarter while IBM and Sun posted declines.  

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader for the fourth quarter of 2009 with a year-on-year shipment increase of 3.8 percent. The ProLiant brand showed growth in shipments while all of its other brands fell in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared with the fourth quarter of 2008. Of the top 10 vendors in server shipments worldwide, all but NEC and Sun had shipment increases for the period.

The results for the quarter were centred around demand for x86 servers which increased in shipments by 6.3 percent and in revenue by 14.3 per cent for the fourth quarter of 2009.

Blade servers posted a revenue increase of 1.3 percent and a shipment decrease of 11.4 percent for the year. HP was the 2009 leader with blade servers at 46.8 percent shipment share. IBM was in the No.2 position at 28.2 percent. These two vendors continued to dominate this form factor.

The outlook for 2010 suggests a return to shipment growth in the middle or high single digits and revenue growth at a slightly lower level. These increases are being buffered by the use of x86 server virtualisation to consolidate physical machines as they are replaced.