Server market revenues down 7% in Q1 as demand slows

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[/caption] Server unit shipments decreased 3.9 percent year over year in 1Q13 to 1.9 million units as consolidation continued to be a strategic focus for many large and small customers around the globe. On a year-over-year basis, volume systems experienced a 3.1 percent revenue decline. This was only the third time in the previous fourteen quarters that volume system demand declined year over year. At the same time, demand for midrange and high-end systems experienced year-over-year revenue declines of 18.3 percent and 17.1 percent respectively in 1Q13. The midrange and high-end markets were impacted by difficult year-over-year compares combined with transitions in the technology refresh cycles typical for these segments. “Customer demand for new servers is being impacted by ongoing server consolidation, technology transitions, and challenging macroeconomic conditions across the globe. In fact, every geographic region except Asia-Pacific experienced revenue contraction in the quarter,” said Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manager at enterprise platforms at IDC. “It is clear that challenging market conditions are increasing the competitive dynamics for server market share globally, particularly since compute represents a critical element of larger IT transformations that continue to reshape broader enterprise IT market opportunities.” Overall server market standings by vendor HP held the number 1 position in the worldwide server market with 26.9 percent factory revenue share for 1Q13. HP’s 14.8 percent revenue decline included weak demand for x86-based ProLiant servers, which were challenged by competitive pricing pressure, and continued weakness in Itanium-based Integrity server revenue. IBM held the number 2 spot with 25.5 percent share for the quarter as factory revenue decreased 13.4 percent compared to 1Q12. Demand for IBM’s Power Systems and x86-based System x servers declined year over year while demand for System z improved solidly in the quarter due to the combined effects of a weak year-over-year compare and the continuation of a refresh cycle. Dell maintained the third position with 18.5 percent factory revenue market share in 1Q13 as factory revenue 4dsincreased 10.1 percent compared to 1Q12. Dell gained 3.0 points of worldwide server market share in the quarter, helped in part by strong demand from their density optimized datacenter solutions business. Fujitsu, Oracle, and Cisco ended the quarter in a three-way statistical tie for the number 4 position with 5.1 percent, 4.8 percent, and 4.1 percent factory revenue share respectively. Fujitsu’s 1Q13 factory revenue decreased 8.5 percent compared to 1Q12 and Oracle experienced a 26.2 percent year-over-year decline in factory revenue in 1Q13. Cisco’s factory revenue was up 34.9 percent year over year in 1Q13. Top server market findings Linux server demand was positively impacted by high performance computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 3.4 percent year over year in 1Q13 to $2.5 billion. Linux servers now represent 23.1 percent of all server revenue, up 2.5 points when compared with the first quarter of 2012. Microsoft Windows server hardware revenue declined 4.2 percent year over year in 1Q13 with quarterly server hardware revenue totaling $5.7 billion representing 52.2 percent of overall quarterly factory revenue, up 1.9 points over the prior year’s quarter. Unix servers experienced a revenue decline of 35.9 percent year over year to $1.4 billion representing 12.6 percent of quarterly server revenue. This was the seventh consecutive quarter of revenue decline in the Unix server market and all major Unix server vendors experienced a year-over-year revenue decline in the quarter when compared with the first quarter of 2012. IBM’s System z mainframe running z/OS experienced its second consecutive quarter of growth, increasing revenue 7.0 percent year over year to $0.8 billion, representing 7.7 percent of all server revenue in 1Q13. “The non-x86 server market is being reshaped by a new pattern of market dynamics in which RISC architectures are being used for hyper-scale Web and HPC deployments and mainframes are being used to build 3rd platform private clouds,” said Kuba Stolarski, research manager for enterprise servers at IDC. “Non-x86 architectures are about to scale out in a big way, as the lines between x86 and non-x86 workloads are blurring. In an interesting turn of events, customers are increasingly considering x86 servers for mission critical and other traditional scale-up solutions and non-x86 servers for innovative, cost-effective, and integrated solutions for analytics, cloud, mobile, and social platforms.” Modular form factor market results There are two types of modular form factors, each with a distinct use case. Blade servers, which are highly leveraged in enterprise’s virtualized environments, declined 2.9 percent year over year to $1.9 billion. Blades now account for 17.7 percent of total server revenue. HP maintained the number 1 spot in the blade server market in 1Q13 with 44.6 percent revenue share; Cisco and IBM shared the second position in the blade market with 17.6 percent and 17.2 percent revenue share, respectively. Density Optimized servers, utilized by large heterogeneous datacenters, experienced very strong demand in 1Q13. Revenue grew 54.8 percent year over year in 1Q13 to $753 million as unit shipments increased 39.3 percent to just under 215,000 servers. Density Optimized servers now represent 6.9 percent of all server revenue and 11.2 percent of all server shipments. Dell maintained the number 1 spot in the Density Optimized segment in 1Q13 with 47.3 percent revenue share. “Cloud computing is increasingly being utilized as a method to transform the delivery of IT services. IDC finds customers are leveraging both internal private and external public cloud services,” said Jed Scaramella, research manager for enterprise servers at IDC. “The modular servers that are the building blocks for clouds (blades for private, density optimized for public) outperformed the market and continue to account for a higher share of market revenue.” x86 industry standard server market dynamics Demand for x86 servers weakened in 1Q13 with revenues decreasing 1.7 percent year over year in the quarter to $8.3 billion worldwide as unit shipments declined 3.4 percent to 1.9 million servers. HP led the market with 31.6 percent revenue share based on 11.6 percent revenue decline over 1Q12. Dell retained second place, securing 24.3 percent revenue share, while IBM now holds 14.1 percent revenue share. Overall, this was the fifteenth quarter out of the previous sixteen quarters with year-over-year increases in average selling prices for x86 servers as both the mix of systems and average system configurations continue to move up-market to serve customer virtualization needs and driving generally higher product margin for x86 ecosystem players. This was the second consecutive quarter of a year-over-year shipment decline for x86 servers as small and large enterprises aggressively consolidate their computing needs. ]]>

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