The reason behind the year-over-year boost is attributed to a continued recovery in the low-end of the high-performance server market, such as computers under $250,000. These price points were hit particularly hard by the global economic downturn around five years ago, when numerous countries around the world suffered financially. Many of these buys were put on hold or canceled altogether. These systems began to see recovery during the first quarter of 2013.
In the lower "workgroup" category (high-performance computers under $100,000) saw a revenue jump by more than 45 percent year-over-year, totaling $414.7 million. The mid-range "departmental" segment (computers between $100,000 to $250,000) increased by one-third on the same quarter a year ago, taking in $928.3 million. And, the high-end "divisional" segment (machines between $250,000 and $400,000) grew by one-quarter, taking in about 13 percent of the overall high-performance computing systems revenue.
These kinds of machines represent about two-thirds of all high-performance computers and servers, according to the research firm.
"In the first and second quarters of this year, revenue growth has shifted to sub-$250,000 systems as the lower half of the market continues to rebound from the global economic recession," according to IDC's Earl Joseph.