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Worldwide server shipments grew 7% in 2007, says Gartner
Press release, February 25; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 25 February 2008]

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Worldwide server shipments in 2007 increased 7.4% from 2006, while revenues grew 3.8%, according to Gartner.

"The server market exhibited growth for the fourth quarter and for the year as a whole," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "In fact, the fourth quarter climbed almost 11% in shipments and just under 3% in revenues in spite of the fact that there had been concerns about a slowdown due to downturns in certain economic sectors of particular geographies."

"RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell on a global basis for 2007 at 13.8% in shipments but grew 1.7% in revenues for the year," Mr. Hewitt said. "Comparatively, mainframes showed an 11.8% revenues decline which can be attributed to a slow period in the replacement cycle timing for this server class."

IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenues. The company ended the year with an overall slight increase in revenues (0.8% for 2007). Gartner analysts attribute the company's performance to a 10.2% growth in System x and a 9.1% growth in System p while System z and System i revenues both dropped 9.6% for the year.

Of the top five global vendors, Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and Sun all had revenues increases for the year, while Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens was the only one to have a slight decline.

In server shipments, HP remained the worldwide leader for 2007. Its shipment growth was a solid 16.6%. The ProLiant brand grew 17.2% in shipments for the year while HP Integrity climbed 56.8% and HP NonStop went up 13.8%. All other HP brands declined for the period, which when combined with the gains of the other brands, produced the overall final result.

Of the top-10 vendors in server shipments worldwide, only three did not have shipment increases for the year –IBM, NEC and Sun.

Blade servers continued to be a high-growth segment with a revenues increase of 44.5% and a shipment increase of 19.9% for the year. HP was the 2007 leader with blades at a 41.7% shipment share, with IBM in second place at 30.9%. These two vendors continued to dominate this form factor and totaled almost 78% of the worldwide blade revenues share for 2007.
HPC server market grew 15.5% in 2007, says IDC
Press release, February 25; Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES [Monday 25 February 2008]

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The market for high performance computing (HPC) servers grew 15.5% in 2007 to reach a record US$11.6 billion, according to IDC's preliminary full-year figures. Based on actual results for the first three quarters and preliminary fourth quarter results, IDC reported that the HPC server market resumed strong double-digit growth in 2007 after dipping to 9.2% growth in 2006 – the first single-digit increase since 2002.

Over the five-year period from 2002 to 2007, the HPC server market has grown an aggregate 134% at an average CAGR of 18.8%. IDC projects that this market will reach US$15 billion by 2011.

"There was no discernible evidence of the general economic slowdown reflected in 2007 HPC system sales," said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for HPC. "Several factors likely helped insulate the HPC market: the length of HPC budgeting cycles, the global nature of the HPC market, HPC's relatively small presence in the financial sector, and HPC's essential role in government, academic research, and industry. IDC will closely monitor 2008 quarterly revenues data for any evidence of economic impact."

The 2007 US$11.6 billion revenues total split out by HPC server price bands as follows. The revenues figures are on a pro forma basis using the new HPC competitive segment categories IDC adopted in consultation with HPC users and vendors, and that formally went into effect on January 1, 2008.

The supercomputers segment for HPC servers priced above US$500,000 grew 24% on-year to reach US$3.2 billion in 2007.

The divisional segment for HPC servers in the US$250,000-499,999 price range increased 19% over 2006 to US$1.7 billion.

The departmental segment for HPC systems priced from US$100,000-249,999 grew 23% from the prior year to reach US$4.1 billion.

The workgroup segment for sub-US$100,000 HPC servers declined slightly (3.3%) to 2007 revenues of US$2.7 billion.

In 2007, multi-core parallelism, new acceleration technologies, and new low-end products stimulated end user interest and HPC revenues growth as scientists and engineers continued to expand their use of technical servers, especially standards-based clusters, to drive scientific research and product innovation. Clusters expanded their share of the HPC market to 65% in 2007, according to IDC.


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HPC kickin arse and taking names, Cluster to be precise. Cluster = 65% of HPC market, and no doubt will continue to grow...

Another interesting read,

Intel planning large drops in old Centrino shipments
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