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Gartner Says Worldwide Server Revenue Grew 7.5 Percent In The Third Quarter Of 2015, While Shipments

Friday, 04 December 2015, 09:25 Hrs

In the third quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 9.2 percent from the third quarter of 2014, while vendor revenue increased 7.5 percent year over year.

"The third quarter of 2015 produced growth on a global level with mixed results by region," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "All regions showed growth in both shipments and vendor revenue, except for Eastern Europe, Japan and Latin America, which posted revenue declines of 5.8 percent, 11.7 percent and 24.2 percent, respectively, for the period. Currency exchange rates are one of the main reasons for the disparity in regional server market performance."

From the regional standpoint, Asia/Pacific grew the most in shipments, with a 23.8 percent increase. The region also posted the highest vendor revenue growth at 25.4 percent for the period.

HP continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue (see Table 1). The company posted just over $3.7 billion in server vendor revenue for a total market share of 27.3 percent for the third quarter of 2015.

All of the top five global vendors had revenue increases for the third quarter of 2015, except for IBM with a decline of 42.8 percent. IBM’s decline is due primarily to its sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo. Beyond that, IBM’s server revenue fell 3.1 percent for the RISC segment, but grew 15 percent for mainframes to post a 5.1 percent total growth in the third quarter for the server businesses that it retained.

Table 1
Worldwide Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q15 (U.S. Dollars)

Company

3Q15

Revenue

3Q15 Market Share (%)

3Q14

Revenue

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q15-3Q14 Growth (%)

HP

3,682,417,477

27.3

3,374,559,864

26.9

9.1

Dell

2,419,231,403

17.9

2,219,989,943

17.7

9.0

IBM

1,327,761,197

9.8

2,322,409,499

18.5

-42.8

Lenovo

1,065,664,119

7.9

165,166,098

1.3

545.2

Cisco

885,600,000

6.6

783,760,000

6.2

13.0

Others

4,120,053,348

30.5

3,690,687,782

29.4

11.6

Total Market

13,500,727,544

100.0

12,556,573,186

100.0

7.5

Source: Gartner (December 2015)

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader in the third quarter of 2015 with a year-over-year shipment increase of 7.7 percent (see Table 2). HP's worldwide server shipment market share was 22.2 percent, virtually the same share as in the third quarter of 2014.

All of the top five vendors in server shipments worldwide produced shipment increases in the third quarter of 2015, with Lenovo recording the largest growth of 183.2 percent.

Table 2
Worldwide: Server Vendor Shipments Estimates, 3Q15 (Units)

Company

3Q15

Shipments

3Q15 Market Share (%)

3Q14

Shipments

3Q14 Market Share (%)

3Q15-3Q14 Growth (%)

HP

613,101

22.2

569,426

22.5

7.7

Dell

501,262

18.1

490,752

19.4

2.1

Lenovo

242,005

8.8

85,443

3.4

183.2

Huawei

134,163

4.9

93,421

3.7

43.6

Inspur

99,417

3.6

91,244

3.6

9.0

Others

1,172,725

42.4

1,200,592

47.4

-2.3

Total Market

2,762,672

100.0

2,530,878

100.0

9.2

Source: Gartner (December 2015)

Mr. Hewitt said, "x86 servers managed to produce an increase with growth of 9.2 percent in shipments and 9.7 percent in revenue year over year. RISC/Itanium Unix server revenue declined 11.5 percent in the third quarter, while shipments grew 1.1 percent. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed an increase of 3.5 percent in terms of revenue."