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EMEA server market flat in Q3

Latest IDC figures show EMEA server shipments and revenue slip in third quarter

The EMEA server market showed no growth in Q3 2011, says IDC.
The EMEA server market showed no growth in Q3 2011, says IDC.

Despite growth in emerging regions, the server market in EMEA slumped in Q3 2011, with shipments down 1% and revenues flat at 0.6% growth.

The EMEA region saw shipments of 546,883 units, with a total revenue of $3.2 billion, according to IDC.

Weakness in the Euro, particularly against the dollar, was the main cause, pushing sales down 1.4% in the region, which accounts for almost three quarters of all EMEA server sales.

In Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) the market was more positive, with growth up 7% year-on-year, swelling the market to $813.24 million. Growth in the region was mainly down to spending by large corporate accounts and government.

"Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was the only region in EMEA to enjoy growth. Strong server demand in countries such as Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic contributed to an overall increase of 15.1% year on year, reaching a total market value of $457.3 million. Traditionally slower business activity in 3Q11 as well as political uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa impacted server sales in Middle East and Africa (MEA) which declined by 1.8% year on year, after generating revenue of $355.9 million," said Jiri Helebrand, senior research analyst, IDC CEMA.

x86 servers made up the bulk of shipments, accounting for 98.3% of the market. Revenue from the x86 segment was up 3.5% year-on-year, to $2.3 billion, although unit shipments were flat at 0.7% growth.

Non-x86 shipments were down 13.9%, with revenues also down 6.5%

The blade server market saw strong growth in revenue, and shipments up 2.2% year-on-year, and ‘hyper-scale' servers, meant for large scale, data centre deployments, also saw growth in shipments, up 20.9%.

In terms of vendor share, HP was the market leader for the 15th consecutive quarter, accounting for 48.2% of the x86 market; while IBM was ranked second, and Dell third. Oracle increased its market share by 1.7 percentage points, to rank fourth, while Fujitsu maintained stable market share in fifth place.