IBM, HP Lead Weak Worldwide Server Market: Gartner
Worldwide server shipments grew 4 percent year-on-year, while revenue declined 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2012.With worldwide server revenue of nearly $3.2 billion and total market share of 25.6 percent, IBM was No. 1 in the worldwide server market in the second quarter of 2013, according to a report from IT research firm Gartner. Total worldwide server shipments grew 4 percent year-on-year, while revenue declined 3.8 percent from the second quarter of 2012, according to the report, which found Hewlett-Packard in second place with revenue of just over $3 billion and a market share of 25 percent. In the category of server form factors, x86 blade servers declined by 3 percent in shipments and 4.5 percent in revenue for the quarter. The x86 rack-optimized form factor climbed 3.9 percent in shipments and 2.4 percent in revenue for the second quarter. IBM's biggest revenue contribution was from its System z line, the report noted. In terms of server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the second quarter of 2013 with 586,857 units shipped and a market share of 24 percent—this in spite of a year-on-year shipment decline of 13.6 percent for the quarter. HP's worldwide server shipment share, however, represented a 4.8 percent decrease in share from the same quarter in 2012.
"The global server market remains in a relatively weak state overall," Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement. "The only real regional bright spot was Asia/Pacific with growth of 10 percent and 21.7 percent year on year in terms of revenue and shipments. Canada was the only other region that grew in both revenue and units (6.3 percent in revenue and 2.7 percent in units) while Latin America was close to flat for revenue but increased by 1 percent in terms of shipments. The U.S. also grew in terms of shipments by 1.9 percent year-on-year but declined in revenue by 5.1 percent."