Gartner: The server market in Western Europe is not doing well


According to that, between April and June, 2.37 million servers were sold worldwide, 1.4 percent more than a year earlier. However, producer revenues fell 2.9 percent to $ 12.86 billion over the same period. According to Gartner, sales growth only occurred in the Asia-Pacific and US regions, with revenue falling everywhere else.

Otherwise, the long-established picture shows: growth in x86 servers (albeit moderately this time) at the expense of RISC / Itanium Unix. It also went down for the mainframe mainframes - but rather for the record, because customers were waiting for the next generation that IBM introduced just a few days ago.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) leads the global server market by revenue, delivering 3.7 billion, representing a 29.1 percent market share in revenue. 85.4 percent of HP's server revenue was delivered by the x86 Proliant product line. Although Proliant's and the larger Itanium-based Integrity systems have declined year-on-year, HP is also leading the manufacturers by volume.

Within the x86 segment, blade servers were able to grow, with unit sales up by 1.1 percent and sales as much as 7.3 percent. Although revenues increased by 3.1 percent for rack servers, the number of systems shipped declined by 3.1 percent.

EMEA and particularly Western Europe weak

In the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), a good 585, 000 servers were delivered in the second quarter of 2012, which is 4.4 percent fewer than in the same period of the previous year. Revenues reached $ 3.3 billion, down 11.6 percent year-over-year.

"The EMEA server market continues to suffer from broader economic woes, with Q2 2012 marked the third consecutive fall in volumes and fourth consecutive sales decline, " said Adrian O'Connell, research director at Gartner. "Sales declined in all three major subregions - 1.3 percent in Eastern Europe, 0.5 percent in the Middle East and Africa, and 14.7 percent in Western Europe - both in technical and geographic areas."

In addition to the apparent weakness in Other CPUs (= mainframes, see above), RISC / Itanium Unix revenues in EMEA declined a whopping 25.1 percent, prompting Gartner to continue its migration away from Unix platforms. Within the Unix segment, after all, the IBM was still very good and was able to expand their market share there by revenue to almost 53 percent. In the EMEA region, even x86 revenues were down 2.9 percent.

Of the largest manufacturers, only Dell was able to increase its server sales in the EMEA region. With everyone else lost, Dell added 2 percentage points to market share. The Texans rank third behind Hewlet-Packard and IBM; HP still performed slightly better than the market average despite declines in sales and volumes. "Big Blue" was quite taken away by waiting for the new mainframe and lost 3.1 percent market share by revenue, which should be done in the next few quarters but again.