IDC: Server sales tank globally; IBM still leader of the pack

IDC: Server sales tank globally; IBM still leader of the pack

Summary: IDC on Wednesday said that the worldwide server revenue fell 14 percent to $13.5 billion in the fourth quarter.

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IDC on Wednesday said that the worldwide server revenue fell 14 percent to $13.5 billion in the fourth quarter. IBM held on to the top market share position. 

According to IDC's tally (statement), worldwide server unit shipments fell 12 percent from a year ago. The fourth quarter represented the second consecutive quarterly decline. For 2008, global server revenue fell 3.3 percent to $53.3 billion as units grew 2 percent. 

Add it up and IDC says it's the first time the server market has topped 8 million units. The rub: Average selling prices were under pressure so revenue fell. 

By the numbers:

  • Volume systems revenue fell 16.8 percent in the fourth quarter compared to a year ago.
  • Midrange enterprise server demand fell 14.5 percent with high-end enterprise server sales falling 7.5 percent. 
  • Unix server revenue fell 6.2 percent from a year ago to $4.9 billion. That's good for 36.2 percent of the market. 
  • Windows server revenue fell 17.8 percent to $4.8 billion. Windows server revenue was 35.3 percent of the market. 
  • Linux server revenue fell 7 percent to $1.8 billion. Linux servers represent 13.6 percent of the market. 
  • Blade servers were the only category that had positive growth with gains of 16.1 percent to $1.4 billion. 

And here's a look at the standings in the fourth quarter and globally:

Topics: IBM, Banking, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Servers

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  • Re: IBM Seems.

    IBM seems to be the leader always though HP
    tries to come close it :-)

    Cheers,
    Kathiravan Manoharan
    http://kathyravan.blogspot.com
    http://paisamechanic.blogspot.com
    mkathiravone
  • IBM's are more expensive, that's why

    IBM always tends to lead in sales, KEYWORD being sales, NOT shipments. This is because IBM servers are typically more expensive than HP's and everyone elses. HP easily dominates when you factor in shipments versus sales.
    ptcruisergt
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