Worldwide Server Revenues Top $13.5 Billion in 2Q15

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted August 28, 2015

The global server market is showing some healthy gains in 2015. Both Gartner and IDC reported second quarter worldwide server revenues this week that show an upward trend.

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Gartner reported a global server revenue year-over-year gain of 7.2 percent, while IDC reported a year-over-year gain of 6.1 percent to $13.5 billion. In terms of server shipments, Server World Market ReportIDC reported 2.29 million units were shipped for a 3.2 percent gain, while Gartner reported an 8.0 percent gain in server shipments.

Both Gartner and IDC have HP in the top spot for both server revenues and shipments. Dell and IBM hold down the number two and three slots for server revenues, according to both analyst firms.

In terms of server types, Gartner reported that there was a 9 percent revenue gain for x86 servers and an 8.3 percent growth in server shipments. In contrast, Unix server shipments declined by 18.7 percent, with revenue down by 9.7 percent.

The continued growth of the server market,, even as new cloud technologies come into play, was highlighted by IDC as a positive trend.

"The recent growth trend in the server market is confirmation of the larger IT investment taking place, despite dramatic change occurring in system software thanks to open source projects such as Docker and OpenStack," Al Gillen, Program Vice President, Servers and System Software at IDC, said in a statement.

"While we do anticipate an impact on product mix and potentially on volumes," Gillen continued, "it is too early in the adoption cycle for these new software products to have a material impact on servers today. In the meantime, the market demonstrated healthy revenue and shipment growth this quarter."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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