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Global server shipments increase by 8% in Q2 2011

Server revenue increases 19.5% year-on-year, HP tops the vendor list

Global server shipments increase by 8% in Q2 2011
HP has topped the global server shipments list with $3.9bn in server vendor revenue, accounting for 29.8% of the server market based on revenue.

Global server shipments in Q2 2011 grew by 8% year-on-year and revenue increased 19.5% year-on-year, according to Gartner.

"The second quarter produced solid growth on a yearly basis, as the recovery that started in 2010 continues to eke out slow improvements," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "All regions showed yearly growth in both shipments and vendor revenue, although in both measures the market is again below the pre-downturn levels we saw in the corresponding quarter of 2008."

According to Hewitt, x86 servers forged ahead and grew 8.4% in units for the quarter and 17.7% in revenue. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined 8.5% in shipments but showed a revenue increase of 4.3% compared with the same quarter last year. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a strong growth of 48.8%.

The Asia/Pacific region saw the largest shipment increase with 25.6% growth, while Japan posted the highest vendor revenue growth with 59.5% for Q2 2011.

All five global server vendors saw revenue increases for Q2 2011, but HP continued to lead the pack based on revenue and posted over $3.9bn in server vendor revenue, accounting for 29.8% of the server market based on revenue. This share was down 2.2% year on year.

IBM followed a close second on the top five list of server vendors' wit a 28.7% market share and just over $3.7bn in revenue with 11.4% growth.

HP also remained the world leader in server shipments for Q2 2011, with a year-on-year shipment increase of 11.7%.

According to Gartner, this growth was driven by increases in HP's ProLiant brand.

HP's worldwide server shipment share was 30.8%, representing a 1% increase in share from the same quarter in 2010.

Dell was the only one of the top five vendors that did not post increases in units for Q22011. Dell saw negative growth with -5.8%, but held onto its second position in the top five list with a 25.1% market share.

In terms of x86-based server form factors, blade servers rose 8.2% in shipments and 29.5% in revenues for the quarter. The rack-optimised form factor climbed 8.9% in shipments and 17% in revenue for the second quarter of 2011.

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