Servers See Mild Growth in 2015
Worldwide server shipments grew 13 percent and revenue 17.9 percent in
the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014, according to
the information technology research and advisory company Gartner.
The reason for the growth is strong demand from the hyperscale server market
in North America, according to Gartner. Because of the strong American dollar,
server sales and shipments in that region were enough to offset declines in
Latin America and Japan and minimal growth in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa (EMEA). The first quarter of 2015 saw the "strongest shipment growth
since the third quarter of 2010" and "the second-largest-volume quarter ever,"
said Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner, in a prepared
Server shipments and revenue by CPU type:
- x86 server shipments increased by 13.2 percent and revenue increased by
14.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014;
- RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments declined by 2.9 percent and revenue
declined by 3.1 percent; and
- Other types of servers, particularly mainframes, increased revenue by
HP was the world leader in the server market based on both number of
shipments and revenue. The company held 23.8 percent of the server market based
on revenue and 20 percent based on shipments, although it saw no growth in its
percentage of market share based on shipments.
Lenovo experienced the largest growth rate in terms of both shipments and
revenue, with 239.2 percent growth in shipments and 658.2 percent growth in
revenue compared to the first quarter of 2014.
The top 5 ranking companies for worldwide server shipments were:
- Inspur Electronics.
The top 5 for worldwide server
Gartner, "all of the top five global vendors had revenue increases for the
first quarter of 2015 except IBM."
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].