Wordwide server shipments increase 1.5% in Q1 2012

Gartner says server revenue declined year-over-year by 1.8%

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Wordwide server shipments increase 1.5% in Q1 2012 Worldwide server shipments increased 1.5% in Q1 2012, according to Gartner.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 12, 2012

Worldwide server shipments increased 1.5% in Q1 2012, while server revenue declined 1.8% year over year, according to Gartner.

"The first quarter of 2012 produced relatively weak shipment growth on a global level with a variation in results by region," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "All regions showed growth in server shipments except Western Europe which posted a decline of 6.4%. In terms of revenue, Asia/Pacific, Middle East/Africa, and Western Europe posted declines. These results are not that surprising considering the current variations in regional economic conditions."

According to Hewitt, x86 servers forged ahead and grew 1.7% in units in the first quarter of 2012 and 5.6% in revenue. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined 5.7% in shipments and dropped 15.2% in vendor revenue compared to the same quarter last year. The ‘other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 16.4% in vendor revenue.

Eastern Europe grew the most significantly in shipments with a 16% increase, while Japan posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 10.6% for the period. 

IBM had the lead in the worldwide server market based on revenue, the company posted nearly $3.5 billion in server vendor revenue for a total share of 28.1% worldwide for the first quarter of 2012. IBM's server revenue declined 7.2%. Most of IBM's revenue contribution came from its Power Systems brand with some contribution by System x as well.

Among the top five global server vendors, Fujitsu was the only company to post positive revenue growth at 4.5%.

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the first quarter of 2012 with relatively flat shipment growth at -0.4%. This decline was driven primarily by drops in HP's ProLiant and Integrity brands. HP's worldwide server shipment share was 29.2% in the first quarter of 2012.

Fujitsu and Cisco were the two vendors among the top five to experience server shipment growth in the first quarter of 2012.

In terms of server form factors, blade servers fell 1.3% in shipments and grew 5.6% in revenues for the quarter. The rack-optimized form factor climbed 0.4% in shipments and fell 5.3% in revenue for the first quarter of 2012.

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