Server sales in Europe have rebounded after suffering a huge slump at the same time last year.
The number of servers sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) during the second quarter of 2010 grew 18.4% year-on-year, with 583,500 machines worth a total of $3.2bn shipped, according to figures from analyst Gartner. Revenue was up 3.7% from the same period in 2009.
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This time last year, European server sales had slumped by 40% year-on-year as businesses delayed spending during the worst of the recession.
Worldwide, server shipments grew 27.1% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2010, while revenue was up 14.3%.
Hardware based on the x86 processor architecture grew sales the fastest, up 29% in unit shipments and 37% in sales. Risc/Unix systems declined by 16.5% in shipments and 8.8% in revenue.
HP remains the biggest server provider, followed by IBM, Dell, Oracle/Sun, and Fujitsu.
Despite the growth seen this year, the server market has yet to fully recover to its pre-recession levels, said Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner.
"The EMEA server market's recovery continues with typical seasonal patterns being seen with the second consecutive quarter of positive shipment and revenue growth rates," he said.
"While the market has recorded strong growth, we need to recognise that this is growth from a low base, and the market remains significantly below the pre-downturn levels of 2008. Growth is being driven by the pent-up demand for replacements but ongoing economic concerns continue to limit overall levels of investment."
Worldwide server revenue estimates, Q2 2010, figures in US$ - source: Gartner
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