Global Q2 server revenues up 14 per cent to $11.1bn

HP, Dell and Fujitsu see highest growth in second quarter as IBM and Oracle post loses

Global server revenue grew 14.3 per cent to $11.1bn in the second quarter of 2010, compared to the same period last year, while Global server shipments increased by 27.1 per cent to 2,145,039 units for the second quarter of 2010, according to a study by Gartner.

Of the top five global vendors, HP, Dell, and Fujitsu grew in revenue for the quarter, while IBM and Oracle posted declines, the report said.

HP held the highest market share in revenue with 32 per cent, a lead of 4.3 per cent over second-place IBM, while IBM server vendor revenue decreased 2.7 per cent to $3.1bn, compared to same quarter last year.

Dell gained the third spot with a market share of 16.3 per cent, followed by Oracle and Fujitsu with market share 8.41 per cent and 3.2 per cent, respectively.

In server shipments, HP retained the top spot with a market share of 30 per cent in the second quarter of 2010, as its server shipments increased 23.3 per cent to 644,172 compared to same period last year, while Dell held the second spot with 25.3 per cent market share, followed by IBM and Fujitsu with 12.5 per cent and 2.8 per cent share, respectively.

Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt said that as in the first quarter, the second quarter again demonstrated strong year-on-year growth; and there remained some regional variations, but all geographies demonstrated improving market conditions.

"x86-based servers grew 28.9 per cent in units in the second quarter and 37.0 per cent in revenues, while RISC/Itanium Unix servers remained constrained, with declines of 16.5 per cent in shipments and decreases of 8.8 per cent in vendor revenues, compared to the same quarter last year," Hewitt said.

"The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, fell 22.8 per cent in revenues for the quarter."