NEW FIGURES from Gartner show that worldwide revenue for the server market grew 7.5 percent in Q3 2015, thanks to a 9.2 percent increase in shipments.
"The third quarter of 2015 produced growth on a global level with mixed results by region," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
"All regions showed growth in shipments and vendor revenue, except for Eastern Europe, Japan and Latin America, which posted revenue declines of 5.8 per cent, 11.7 per cent and 24.2 per cent respectively for the period. Currency exchange rates are one of the main reasons for the disparity in regional server market performance."
The Asia-Pacific region saw a 23.8 percent increase in shipments, and the highest vendor revenue growth at 25.4 percent. This was helped in no small part by the takeover of IBM's former x86 business by Lenovo.
HP continues to lead the field from a vendor point of view with a 27.3 percent market share, a rise of 9.1 percent year on year. This puts the company in an extremely strong position as it looks to the next set of figures, its first as the newly separated Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Dell was second at 17.9 percent, growing nine percent year on year, and the only slide was from IBM, dropping 42.8 percent year on year, yet still keeping third place. Fourth place goes to Lenovo whose 7.9 percent share is a stunning 545.2 percent rise on this time last year.
In the EMEA region, server shipments totalled 533 million units, growing a modest 1.4 percent, with revenue of $3bn, an increase of 3.7 percent.
Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner, warned that this could be indicative of an emerging duopoly.
"The EMEA server market is at risk of bifurcating into HP, Dell and then everyone else," he said. "All vendors face challenges but, aside from Cisco, most are losing share to HP and Dell. The pressure is on to improve efficiencies now or be left behind in the race for future enterprise business." µ
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