IBM leads server market with 36.5% share in Q4

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BM retains top position in server systems with 36.5 percent market share in Q4 2012.

IBM’s Q4 2012 revenue increased 3.1 percent year over year — aided by improvements in demand for its System z mainframes and product refresh cycle.

HP — the second largest player in server market in Q4 2012 — has 24.8 percent share as revenue decreased 3.2 percent compared to Q4 2011. The revenue decrease was despite experiencing demand for x86-based ProLiant servers, IDC said.

Dell — the third largest player in server market — increased server revenue by 5.7 percent with 15.1 percent revenue market share.

IDC says three companies shared the number 4 market position, with Oracle, Fujitsu and Cisco all locked in a statistical tie.

For the first time, Cisco moved to top 5 position.

The worldwide server market increased 3.1 percent to $14.6 billion in Q4.

Worldwide server shipments decreased 3.9 percent to 2.1 million units during the period.

In 2012, server revenue decreased 1.9 percent to $51.3 billion, while unit shipments decreased 1.5 percent year over year to 8.1 million units.

Volume systems and high-end systems experienced 4.2 percent and 6.4 percent revenue growth to $9.1 billion and $4.1 billion respectively in Q4.

IDC forecasts that server demand will begin to improve in the second half of 2012 following a number of critical product refreshes which occurred in the first half of the year.

Arvind Krishna
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