Gartner: Server Market Growth in 2007

Feb 25, 2008

Market researchers Gartner have just revealed that the world wide server market grew by 7.4 percent in 2007, leading to a 4 percent rise in turnover.

In the fourth quarter alone, 11 percent more servers were delivered than in the same period in 2006. According to Gartner, IBM is the biggest server supplier, although its figures were only up by 0.8 percent. In terms of IBM’s portfolio, turnover with the X and P series grew by about ten percent, while System Z and System I dropped by a similar amount. Turnover at Dell, HP and Sun also grew, but Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens was slightly down.

Hewlett Packard defended the top spot on sales by volume, and delivered 17 percent more servers in 2007 than one year before. The Integrity series rose by an impressive 56 percent. IBM, NEC and Dell were slightly down on sales by volume.

Blade servers remain the hottest commodity with turnover up by 45 percent and volume sales by 20 percent. The losers include RISC Itanium-based Unix servers, at least on volume sales which dropped by around 14 percent compared to the previous year’s figures.

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