Fifth straight quarter of year-on-year growth
By Reseller News Staff, Auckland | Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Factory revenue in the server market has just experienced its fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth, according to the tech analysis provider IDC‚Äôs Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.
According to a statement released by IDC last week, the first quarter of 2011 experienced a 12 percent year-over-year increase as market demand improved around the world among volume, mid-range and enterprise class servers. It was the second busiest quarter IDC has reported with 1.9 million units shipping.
‚ÄúMeaningful enterprise infrastructure refresh occurred across all geographies in the quarter,‚Äù says Matt Eastwood, a group vice president at IDC. ‚ÄúAlthough the public sector weakened, worldwide demand for servers across hosters, SMBs, and enterprise customers remained strong.‚Äù
Growth in x86 servers, mid-range Unix and high-end mainframes demonstrated that ‚Äúheterogenous systems remain critically important to customers addressing a wide range of workload needs in their datacentres‚Äù Eastwood says in the statement.
The report placed HP in the number one overall manufacturer with 31.5 percent of the factory revenue for the first quarter. IBM took second with 29.2 percent, Dell third with 15.6 percent, Oracle, in fourth with 6.5 percent and Fujitsu five with 4.8 percent.
IDC also mentioned that it initiated coverage of Cisco‚Äôs UCS server platform as the vendor maintained a 1.6 percent overall revenue share with particular strength in x86-based blades in North America.
Cisco, which entered the blade segment two years ago, now holds an overall 9.4 percent factory revenue share of that market, surpassing Dell‚Äôs 8.4 percent to take the number three global position.
According to Cisco, the company‚Äôs bladed servers are distributed in New Zealand by Datastor, Express Data and Ingram Micro.