Server Market Revenues Fall in 1Q12
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The worldwide server market is in a state of revenue decline, according to a pair of reports out this week from analyst firms IDC and Gartner.
Gartner reported that for the first quarter of 2012, global server revenues declined by 1.8 percent on a year-over-year basis to $12.4 billion. IDC reported a steeper decline of 2.4 percent, with revenues at $11.8 billion.
In terms of actual server shipments, Gartner reported that worldwide server shipments grew 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2012, while IDC reported 2.7 percent growth in server shipments.
The decline in the overall server market is not uniform across all server segments. The x86 server market is a bright spot. Gartner reported that x86 server revenues grew by 5.6 percent on unit growth of 1.7 percent. IDC reported x86 server revenue growth of 4.5 percent on unit growth of 3.2 percent.