Gartner's latest report states that 2.7 million servers were shipped last year in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) which is a 9.2% improvement on 2006. Total revenue for the region stood at $18.1 billion, a 6.6% increase from 2006.
According to the research organisation, HP remained the biggest player in the server market, shipping more than a million servers to hold a 40% market share, which was 16% better than its 2006 results. HP also retained the top position in estimated vendor revenue with close to $6.2 billion.
Gartner senior analyst Errol Rasit commented on HP's performance: "HP's solid unit growth through 2007 meant that it exhibited the strongest year-on-year growth of all the vendors. However Fujitsu Siemens Computers was a close second, with only 0.4 percentage points."
Rivals IBM had a weak 2007, claimed Gartner, trailing behind second placed Dell and HP in shipment volume, as a result of a slowdown in the cyclical mainframe business.
"Mainframes had the weakest revenue performance of any segment for the year, declining 7 per cent from 2006," states Rasit.
"The fourth quarter of 2007 exhibited a positive level of growth up 6.4% in shipment terms and 3.3% in revenues compared to the same quarter in 2006. As a result, the full year drew to a positive close. In the x86 market, ongoing demand for additional capacity, strong small and medium-sized business growth are currently offsetting any negative effects such as virtualisation, leading to a growth of 13.9% in revenue and 11.3% in unit shipments in 2007," he added.
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