The first quarter of 2008 saw healthy server shipment growth, at 7,6%, coupled with a 4,3% increase in revenue.
According to Gartner, worldwide server revenues totaled $13,6-billion for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached just under 2,3-million units.
"There were a number of dynamics that affected the market to produce an initial quarter of growth for 2008,” says Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner. “For example, x86 server replacements were on an upswing as the year commenced, we continued to see build outs of large Web data centres, and emerging-market growth forged ahead.
“RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell in shipments but showed a small amount of growth in revenue,” Hewitt adds. “In this segment, shipments fell 8,4% while revenue grew 3,7% for the quarter.”
HP and IBM continue to vie for market leadership in the worldwide server market based on revenue. HP took the overall revenue share lead over IBM by a narrow 0,7% for the quarter. HP had increases in both its ProLiant and HP Integrity brands which offset some revenue declines in its other brands.
This produced a year-to-year revenue increase of 10,3% for the period and pushed HP’s share up 1,6%.
HP also increased its worldwide blade server revenue share to just over 13% compared to the same quarter last year.
Dell, Fujitsu/FSC, and IBM all had revenue growth for the period at 6,6%, 4,9% and 2,1% respectively. Sun was the only global vendor not to have server revenue growth, but had a slight decline at just less than 1%.
In server shipments, HP grew just over 7,8% compared to the first quarter of 2007, and retained its worldwide server shipment lead. The share gap between it and second-place Dell decreased 1,5 percentage points for the quarter. HP finished the quarter with just over a 30% shipment share for the period.
HP’s ProLiant and HP Integrity product lines produced shipment increases with a slight increase in shipments for HP NonStop as well. Its remaining brand, AlphaServer, had a shipment decline. HP pushed its blade server shipment share just over 8% for the quarter.
Dell posted a 15,8% growth for the quarter. IBM increased 2,3% and Sun grew 6,6%. Fujitsu/FSC was the only global vendor to decline, having shrunk 2,6%.
In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), server shipments totaled 715 000 units in the first quarter of 2008, a 9,2% increase from the same period last year. Server revenue totalled $4,6-billion in the first quarter of 2008, a 6,9% increase over the same quarter last year.