Gartner Figures Point To Healthy Server Market

Market researcher Gartner has found that Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Dell continue to lead an increasingly healthy server market, that also saw Unix and mainframe income grow.

The altogether server marketplace in a initial entertain had income expansion of 17.3 percent – to $12.6 billion (£7.7bn) – and conveyance increases of 8.5 percent, to 2.3 million units, according to numbers Gartner expelled 26 May.

Gartner’s numbers echoed those researcher organisation IDC expelled dual days earlier, and showed that HP was again tops in both worldwide server income and shipments, with marketplace share of 30.2 percent and 29.8 percent, respectively. IBM was second in income and third in shipments; Dell was third in income and second in shipments.

Hardware Spend

The x86 server marketplace continued to grow, jumping 8.6 percent in units shipped and 17.5 percent in revenues, according to Gartner. And like their IDC counterparts, Gartner analysts also saw healthier Unix server and mainframe spaces.

“RISC/Itanium Unix servers finally exited their unemployment and grew 5.2 percent in shipments and 20.7 percent in businessman revenue, compared with a same entertain final year,” Jeffrey Hewitt, investigate VP during Gartner, pronounced in a statement. “The ‘other’ CPU category, that is essentially mainframes, showed a expansion in businessman income of 19.6 percent.”

In an talk with eWEEK, Jean Bozman, investigate clamp boss of craving servers during IDC, pronounced a non-x86 server marketplace was strike quite tough by a retrogression in 2009, that significantly slowed server purchases. However, with a economy improving and new record attack a marketplace – for example, Oracle expelled a 16-core SPARC T3 chips in Sep 2010, IBM launched new Power7-based systems final year and HP is putting Intel’s quad-core Itanium 9300 “Tukwila” chips in a high-end Integrity servers – enterprises are commencement to buy hardware again.

“What it shows is that business are feeling a small some-more confident with IT spending and IT infrastructure, and are building out projects that were put on reason several years ago,” Bozman said, observant a expansion in server sales opposite all attention segments.

In addition, both Gartner and IDC remarkable that networking hulk Cisco Systems, that dual years ago entered a server space with a UCS (Unified Computing System) converged information centre offering, is now gaining marketplace share. IDC had Cisco as a third-largest x86 blade server vendor, and seventh-largest server businessman worldwide.

In addition, Gartner has Cisco as a fifth-largest x86 server businessman with some-more than $194 million (£118m) in income in a initial entertain – adult from some-more than $35 million (£21m) during a same time final year – and 2.3 percent marketplace share. During a initial entertain in 2010, Cisco’s marketplace share was 0.5 percent.

Cisco’s Arrival

“Cisco’s fast expansion [in a x86 blade market] underscores a care in a attention transition to fabric computing and converged infrastructure,” Soni Jiandani, VP for Cisco’s UCS business, pronounced in a 24 May blog post.

Cisco’s marketplace numbers underscore a work officials have finished to sell their UCS offering, that was combined in partnership with a likes of EMC and VMware. The UCS offers a firmly integrated package of servers, storage, networking, virtualisation and government software.

“When Cisco began shipping UCS somewhat over dual years ago, aspirant greeting ranged a progression from endangered to gleefully dismissive of their chances during success in a server market,” Forrester Research researcher Richard Fichera wrote in a 25 May blog post. “The reasons given for their guaranteed miss of success were a multiple of technical (the product won’t unequivocally work), a economics (Cisco can’t live on server margins) to informative (Cisco doesn’t know servers and can’t attain in a marketplace where they are not a quasi-monopolistic winning player). … Any slow doubt about either Cisco can turn a convincing retailer has been laid to rest.”

Fichera pronounced Cisco has been stating “a solid and considerable expansion in business given initial shipment,” and that Forrester has seen “both a poignant seductiveness and commissioned UCS systems” among a clients.

During a 11 May discussion call with analysts and reporters to announce a company’s quarterly earnings, Chairman and CEO John Chambers lauded a information centre business, observant that a association now has 5,400 UCS business and an annual run rate of $900 million (£548m) for UCS product orders. In addition, businesses worldwide shifted 10 percent of their x86 blade spending to a UCS, according to Cisco. That series was 20 percent in a United States.

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