Global server market up 8%
But second-quarter growth fails to match Q1 2015 numbers, says Gartner
Global server shipments grew 8% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015, with revenue increasing by 7.2% from the year-ago period, according to the latest figures from Gartner.
However, the research house pointed out that, while the growth numbers seemed positive, growth during Q2 2015 was slower than in the first quarter of the year.
"Currency exchange rate changes have started to show their impact by reducing relative spending power in regions like Western Europe," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
"It is likely that in anticipation of further currency rate shifts that some organisations utilised their budgets earlier in the year rather than waiting until the third or fourth quarters when their purchasing power may be further reduced by these relative currency changes."
Hewitt explained that x86 server shipments increased by 8.6% in the second quarter of 2015, with revenue growing by 9%. RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments declined by 18.7% globally for the period, with revenue dropping by 9.7% compared with the same quarter last year.
The ‘other' CPU category, mostly made up of mainframes, showed an increase of 7.8%, Hewitt added.
From the regional standpoint, North America grew the most significantly in shipments with a 14.8% increase. The region also posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 14.7% for the period, Gartner said.
In terms of vendors, HP maintained its number-one ranking in the global server market based on revenue with a 25.2% market share. Lenovo saw the largest increase in Q2 2015, posting 526.5% revenue growth. IBM was the only one of the top global five vendors to not see a revenue increase.