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Gartner Says the Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 3.6 Percent; Revenue Declined 2.8 Percent in the Third Quarter of 2012

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In the third quarter of 2012 worldwide server shipments grew 3.6 percent year-on-year, while revenue decreased 2.8 from the third quarter of 2011, according to Gartner, Inc.  

“The third quarter of 2012 again produced shipment growth on a worldwide level, but server revenue was weak due to ongoing economic weakness and market segment differences,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. “Only the North America and Asia/Pacific regions managed any revenue growth, and even those were essentially flat year to year, with North America showing a 1.1 percent increase and Asia/Pacific a 0.7 percent increase. The picture in terms of shipments was slightly more positive with North America, Latin America and Asia/Pacific all growing, but both EMEA and Japan continue to struggle and both saw shipments contract, compared to the same period last year.”

“x86 server shipments grew 4.3 percent in the third quarter of 2012, and revenue increased 4 percent from the third quarter of 2011. RISC/Itanium Unix servers continued to fall globally for the period – a 31.1 percent decline in shipments and a decrease of 16.4 percent in revenue compared to the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 17 percent in terms of revenue,” Mr. Hewitt said.

From the regional standpoint, North America grew the most in shipments with a 7.4 percent increase. The region also posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 1.1 percent for the period. 

Four of the top five global vendors had revenue decreases for the third quarter of 2012. Dell was the only vendor among the top five to have its revenue increase in the third quarter. IBM had the lead for the quarter in the worldwide server market based on revenue (see Table 1)--the company posted $3.5 billion in server vendor revenue for a total share of 27.6 percent. IBM’s revenue was down 9.5 percent year-on-year. Most of IBM’s revenue contribution came from its Power Systems brand with some contribution by System x as well.

Table 1
Worldwide: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q12 (U.S. Dollars)

Company

3Q12

Revenue

3Q12 Market Share (%)

3Q11

Revenue

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q12-3Q11 Growth (%)

IBM

3,479,454,267

27.6

3,846,807,802

29.6

-9.5

HP

3,330,804,391

26.4

3,802,440,046

29.3

-12.4

Dell

2,099,469,317

16.7

1,903,221,687

14.7

10.3

Oracle

592,040,000

4.7

763,610,285

5.9

-22.5

Fujitsu

494,121,545

3.9

605,009,267

4.7

-18.3

Other Vendors

2,610,962,610

20.7

2,053,375,210

15.8

27.2

Total

12,606,852,131

100.0

12,974,464,297

100.0

-2.8

Source: Gartner (November 2012)

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the third quarter of 2012 (see Table 2) in spite of an 8.4 percent decrease in shipments for the quarter. This decline was driven primarily by declining revenue in HP’s ProLiant and Integrity brands. HP’s worldwide server shipment share was 25.8 percent.

Of the top 5 vendors in server shipments worldwide, Dell and Cisco were the only vendors to experience an increase in shipments.

In terms of server form factors, x86 blade servers declined 7.1 percent in shipments but increased 2.3 percent in revenue for the quarter. The x86 rack-optimized form factor declined 0.2 percent in shipments and decreased 0.3 percent in revenue for the third quarter of 2012.

 Table 2
Worldwide: Server Vendor Shipment Estimates, 3Q12 (Units)

Company

3Q12

Shipment

3Q12 Market Share (%)

3Q11

Shipment

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q12-3Q11 Growth (%)

HP

634,793

25.8

693,265

29.2

-8.4

Dell

564,475

23.0

517,867

21.8

9.0

IBM

280,424

11.4

287,507

12.1

-2.5

Fujitsu

76,128

3.1

79,072

3.3

-3.7

Cisco

55,973

2.3

39,864

1.7

40.4

Other Vendors

846,734

34.4

756,022

31.9

12.0

Total

2,458,527

100.0

2,373,596

100.0

3.6

Source: Gartner (November 2012)

 In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments totaled almost 590,000 units in the third quarter of 2012, down 2.8 percent from the same period of 2011 (see Table 4). Server revenue totaled $3 billion, a decline of 9 percent year on year (see Table 3).

“Against a backdrop of continued economic and business challenges, EMEA remains the weak spot for global server sales,” said Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner. “Each of the three EMEA sub regions saw revenue contract: Western Europe by 7.6 percent, Eastern Europe by 11.8 percent, and the Middle East and Africa by 14.0 percent. We’re not seeing signs of demand weakening significantly, but EMEA continues to present a very challenging environment for server vendors to operate in.”

Each of the technology segments declined, with x86 server revenue dropping by 4.5 percent, RISC/Itanium Unix revenue by 18.5 percent, and the Other CPU segment by 29.3 percent.

Four of the top five vendors suffered revenue declines. The exception was Dell, which achieved 9.7 percent growth. The continued improvement of Dell's enterprise capabilities and the expansion of its channel coverage have enabled it to buck current trends, but it remained in third place for overall EMEA server revenue. HP, despite suffering a 16.7 percent fall, kept the revenue lead in EMEA. It was followed by IBM, which saw a 7.7 percent decline.

“The outlook for the fourth quarter in EMEA looks similar to what we have witnessed in the year so far, with constraints on demand limiting the market opportunity,” said Mr. O’Connell. “Vendors are under constant pressure to deliver the most effective execution. With limited overall demand, they will have to consider competitive migrations as their best opportunities for growth and market share gains. This year's fourth quarter might not be an especially festive period for every server vendor.”

Table 3
EMEA: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q12 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

Company

3Q12

Revenue

3Q12 Market Share (%)

3Q11

Revenue

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q12-3Q11 Growth (%)

HP

1,083,893,433

36.6

1,301,580,579

40.0

-16.7

IBM

697,969,730

23.6

756,439,235

23.3

-7.7

Dell

454,751,400

15.4

414,500,382

12.7

9.7

Fujitsu

192,858,138

6.5

204,955,661

6.3

-5.9

Oracle

171,691,600

5.8

242,828,070

7.5

-29.3

Other Vendors

359,313,506

12.1

331,419,006

10.2

8.4

Total

2,960,477,807

100.0

3,251,722,932

100.0

-9.0

Source: Gartner (November 2012)

Table 4
EMEA: Server Vendor Shipment Estimates, 3Q12 (Units)

Company

3Q12

Shipment

3Q12 Market Share (%)

3Q11

Shipment

3Q11 Market Share (%)

3Q12-3Q11 Growth (%)

HP

233,538

39.6

254,457

42.0

-8.2

Dell

119,443

20.3

120,145

19.8

-0.6

IBM

70,712

12.0

67,102

11.1

5.4

Fujitsu

31,738

5.4

39,173

6.5

-19.0

Cisco

11,756

2.0

7,901

1.3

48.8

Other Vendors

122,613

20.8

117,743

19.4

4.1

Total

589,800

100.0

606,521

100.0

-2.8

Source: Gartner (November 2012)

Additional information is available to subscribers of Gartner Dataquest’s Servers Quarterly Statistics Worldwide program. This program provides worldwide market size and share data by vendor revenue and unit shipments. Segments include: region, vendor, vendor brand, sub brand, CPU type, CPU group, Max CPU, platform, price band, operating systems and distribution channels.

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