The global server market showed modest growth in the second quarter, with shipments increasing 2,7% over the same quarter last year and revenues climbing 5,1%.
According to Gartner, worldwide server revenue totalled $13-billion for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached just over 2-million units.
"There were several dynamics that affected the market, but the x86 server area was the real growth contributor,² said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner. "A strong underlying demand for increased capacity and new applications is driving volume growth despite potential inhibitors like virtualisation and economic concerns.
"RISC-Itanium Unix servers continued to be constrained. In this segment, shipments fell 18% and revenue fell 1,5% for the quarter."
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue. It had increases for the quarter in System p (7%), System x (16%) and System z (5%), while it experienced declines only in System i (down by 14%).
These figures combined to produce an overall revenue increase of just under 7%for the quarter and boosted IBM'srevenue share 0,4%.
IBM's shipments fell just under 7%for the quarter, and it lost just over 1% of shipment share on a worldwide basis.
In server shipments, Hewlett-Packard (HP) grew just over 17% compared with the second quarter of 2006, and retained its worldwide server shipment lead. The share gap between it and second-place Dell increased almost three full percentage points for the quarter.
HP finished the quarter with almost a 32% shipment share for the period. HP¹s ProLiant product line showed a shipment increase of 18%, and HP Integrity grew
54%. HP's remaining brands declined for the period.
HP's overall server revenue climbed 9% for the quarter which pushed its second-place revenue share upward just over 1% for the quarter.
Dell returned to shipment growth for the quarter and grew just over 7%, and gained 1% in share. In addition, Dell had the strongest revenue growth of the global vendors for the quarter at almost 20%, which produced a revenue share increase of just over 1% year-on-year.
Sun posted a decline just over 11% in server shipments and lost almost 1% shipment share for the second quarter, but it produced an almost 8% server revenue increase which resulted in a share gain of 0.4% in server revenue share.
Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens grew more than 14% in shipments and grew its shipment share 0.3 points; it fell just under 5% in server revenue and lost 0.4% in worldwide server revenue share.
The blade server segment pushed ahead again in the quarter. Worldwide blade server shipments grew just under 14%. HP retained its lead in this
segment with the most-significant shipment increase at 73%compared with the same quarter last year.
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments in the second quarter of 2007 increased 7.6%over the same quarter last year, while server revenue for the same period increased 7.8%.
Server revenue totalled $4.22-billion for the quarter and server shipments reached 630 000 units in the region.
Hewlett-Packard held the top vendor position in EMEA based on revenue and shipments. HP's server shipments grew 14.1% compared to the same period last year, which was also the strongest shipment increase of the top five vendors.
IBM, in second place for revenue, saw revenue growth in most of its server product lines, driven particularly by its x86-based System x and RISC-based System p lines.
Sun, in third position in revenue in EMEA, grew revenues marginally due to product transitions in its RISC-based products. Dell and IBM held the second and third unit shipment positions respectively. Fujitsu Siemens' server volumes continued to improve in the second quarter of 2007, driven by the strength of its two-socket x86-based servers.
A report from IDC shows that x86 servers generated 50% of the factory revenue for the first time in EMEA, surpassing the $2-billion mark, with a growth of 16% year on year.
In addition, aales of Windows servers increased 14% annually , while Linux-based systems saw revenue grow by 34% to more than $600-million.
Unix systems declined slightly, alongside weak performance in the midrange server segment.
Blade servers performed well, reaching sales of $300-million for the first time, up 12% year on year. The non-rack form factor declined in both units and revenue.