Worldwide Q3 Server Shipments and Revenue Drop

Researcher Gartner points to quarter-over-quarter sequential rise, predicts stabilizing market

December 1, 2009

D.H. Kass

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Worldwide server shipments for the third quarter of 2009 slipped 17.1 percent and revenue plunged 15.5 percent compared to the same period last year, according to figures compiled by researcher Gartner Inc.

Revenue generated from worldwide server sales amounted to about $10.7 billion in the quarter for the 1.2 million units shipped, Gartner said.

Gartner officials also pointed to an uptick in server shipments and a bump in server revenue for the third quarter when compared to the previous quarter’s results.

“It is important to put the yearly declines into perspective,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, Gartner research vice president. “Looking into the third quarter results from the sequential perspective, they showed an increase of 13.8 percent in shipments and 10.2 percent in revenue when compared to the second quarter of this year,” he said.

“That suggests that the market as a whole is showing signs of stabilization as we move toward the end of 2009.”

According to Gartner’s figures, IBM Corp. leads all server vendors for revenue generated from worldwide server sales at 31.7 percent of the market, followed closely by Hewlett-Packard Co. at 30.2 percent.

Dell Computer Inc. ranks a distant third at 13.4 percent share of the market.

For worldwide Q3 server shipments, HP is the share leader at 32.1 percent of the market, driven by hefty sales of its ProLiant line, Gartner said.

Dell maintained its second place ranking at 22.8 percent share followed by IBM at 12.8 percent of the market.

Gartner said that revenue totals for four of the top five server vendors worldwide slid year-over-year, but all except Sun Microsystems Inc. posted sequential quarter-over-quarter revenue growth.

All global server makers recorded a year-over-year drop in shipments but registered growth when compared to the prior period’s totals.

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