A recent Gartner report indicates that IBM took the leadership position in the worldwide server market in the fourth quarter of 2011.
IBM (NYSE: IBM
) announced that according to a new Gartner
report, Big Blue
took the No. 1 position as the leading server vendor in the fourth quarter of
2011, with 33.7 percent revenue market share.
For the full
year of 2011
, IBM had 30.5 percent revenue share, 1.5 percent ahead of its
nearest rival, HP, according to Gartner.
The Gartner report also
found that IBM was No. 1 in the market for Unix servers, with 52.8 percent
market share in the fourth quarter. IBM increased quarterly revenue by 17
percent year-over-year with IBM Power Systems and improved its share 10.9
percent from the fourth quarter of 2010. For the full year of 2011, IBM led the
Unix server market, with 45.9 percent market share, a gain of 6.9 points over
2010. IBM grew Unix revenue by 23 percent over 2010, according to Gartner.
IBM led the market for
servers costing more than $250,000, attaining 69.4 percent factory revenue
share in the fourth quarter with IBM System z mainframes and Power Systems. IBM
also led this market for the full year of 2011, with 8 percent revenue growth
over 2010, capturing 63.7 percent market share, according to the Gartner
Overall, the worldwide
server market ended 2011 with mixed results, as worldwide server revenue
declined 5.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and server shipments
increased 4.5 percent, according to Gartner.
For the year, worldwide
server revenue grew 7.9 percent, and server shipments increased 7 percent, with
IBM taking the revenue crown and HP leading in shipments.
The shortage of hard-disk
drive (HDD) inventory because of the Thailand floods in October 2011 provided
supply issues, and many providers could not meet the demand in the last weeks
of 2011, said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner, in a
statement. We expect the negative impact of these drive supply issues to
continue into 1Q12.