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Persistently weak server market drags revenues 6.2% in Q2

Posted: 29 Aug 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:server market? blade server? data centre? x86?

Density optimised servers, used by large hyperscale data centres, experienced very strong demand in 2Q13. Revenue grew 26.6 per cent YoY in 2Q13 to $735 million as unit shipments increased 13.8 per cent to just under 200,000 servers. Density Optimised servers now represent 6.2 per cent of all server revenue and 10 per cent of all server shipments. Dell maintained the number one spot in the Density optimised segment in 2Q13 with 60.5 per cent revenue share.

"Even though the overall blade market was down, several of the top vendors experienced positive growth within their converged and integrated system businesses. IDC finds more enterprises adopting integrated systems to increase the agility and efficiency of their IT infrastructure," said Jed Scaramella, research manager, enterprise servers at IDC. "Density Optimised servers achieved the highest growth of any segment in the server market. The data centre build-outs by service providers are driving growth in the industry and represent a strategic opportunity for OEMs, while at the same time IDC is seeing new participants enter the market targeting the hyperscale datacenter segment."

"The non-x86 server market is in the middle of a major transformation, as hardware platforms associated with Unix continue to look for a bottom in their secular decline, mainframes find new 3rd platform workloads, and the market prepares for new RISC-based SoC architectures to enter," said Kuba Stolarski, research manager, enterprise servers at IDC. "As the lines between x86 and non-x86 workloads continue to blur, customers will find compelling cases outside of x86 for hyperscale and scale-up solutions for their analytics, cloud, mobile and social platforms."

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