HP in the third quarter led a growing server market that was fueled in large part by jumps in x86-based systems, according to Gartner.
Hewlett-Packard was the world's top server vendor in the third quarter as
x86-based systems continued to drive growth in the space, according to market
research firm Gartner.
a report issued Nov. 29, HP garnered 32.1 percent of the revenue market
share-generating in more than $3.9 billion during those three months-and
shipped more than 715,000 systems, giving it 32.6 percent of the market. IBM
was in second place in revenue gain, followed by Dell. Dell was No. 2 in
shipments, followed by IBM.
was in fourth in both revenues and shipments, while Oracle-after its
acquisition of Sun Microsystems-was fifth in revenues, and NEC was fifth in
it was the increasing adoption of industry-standard x86 systems that helped
drive the overall growth of the server space, according to Gartner analyst
Jeffrey Hewitt. The industry shipped 14.9 percent more x86 servers than it did
during the third quarter in 2009, and generated 29.5 percent more in revenues,
according to Gartner.
"As in the first half of this year, x86-based servers
were the main driver of the market," Hewitt said in a statement. "Also
following earlier trends, the x86-based server market provided an increase in
average selling prices from more robust server configurations to accommodate
virtualization; these higher average selling prices pushed revenue higher than
shipments, and this was the case in the third quarter for all regions."
The mainframe market-which primarily comprises IBM's
System z portfolio, although other companies like Unisys also sell
mainframes-also added to the overall revenue increase, showing growth of about
9.9 percent. However, the high-end server space-essentially the RISC systems
from the likes of IBM and the servers
powered by Intel's Itanium processors-continued to struggle, with declines of 10.1
percent in shipments and 9.5 percent in revenue over the same period last year.
HP is by far the largest vendor of systems based on the
Itanium chips, which power the OEM's Integrity line of high-end servers.
Overall, the worldwide server market saw shipments jump 14.2
percent in the third quarter, and revenue increase 15.3 percent. During those
three months, vendors shipped almost 2.2 million servers and generated almost
$12.3 billion in revenues.
"The third quarter produced some solid year-over-year
growth globally in both shipments and vendor revenue," Hewitt said.
"All regions showed growth in both shipments and vendor revenue, save one.
The Middle East and Africa fell
2.9 percent in vendor revenue in spite of shipment growth of 4.2 percent for
servers continued their strong growth, with a 7 percent increase in shipments
and 26 percent increase in revenues. However, rack servers outpaced blade
servers, with shipments jumping 23.7 percent and revenues growing 31.2 percent.