According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for the first quarter of 2014, overall revenue came in at $10.9 billion, for a 2.2 percent year-over-year decline. In contrast, Gartner reported that it saw a 4.1 percent year-over-year decline on quarterly revenue of $11.4 billion.
From a server shipment perspective, IDC reported that 2.1 million units were shipped in the first quarter, for a 2.1 percent year-over-year improvement. In contrast, Gartner reported that it saw only a 1.4 percent gain in server shipments to 2.4 million units.
Though the overall picture for server revenue is in decline, it’s important to note that there are a number of areas that are actually gaining.