Server sales are stabilising despite slowdown, says Gartner


Server sales are stabilising despite slowdown, says Gartner

Alex Scroxton

The worldwide server market is beginning to show signs of stabilisation despite continuing to book year-on-year declines in both shipments and revenues.

According to Gartner , total shipments for the third calendar quarter of 2009 slumped 17.1% year-on-year to 1.9 million, while revenues fell 15.5% over the same period to $10.7bn (£6.4bn).

However, quarter to quarter, shipments were up just under 14% from the period ended 30 June, and sales were up 10.2%, according to Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt, who said: "It is important to put the yearly declines into perspective."

"[This] suggests that the market as a whole is showing signs of stabilisation as we move toward the end of 2009," he said.

The ProLiant server line-up helped Hewlett-Packard maintain its shipment lead, shifting 615,694 units or 32.1% of the total market during the quarter versus 437,447 units at its closest competitor, Dell, which boasts a 22.8% market share.

IBM, Fujitsu and Sun rounded off the top five with market shares of 12.8%, 3.5% and 2.6%. Sun saw the greatest year-on-year decline in shipments, while Fujitsu was least affected, down 38.1% and 9% respectively.

In revenue terms, the quarter was again a two horse race between HP and IBM, with IBM coming in first with sales of $3.38bn to HP's $3.21bn. They were followed by Dell, Sun and Fujitsu in that order.

A version of this story appeared on Microscope

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