By Imthishan Giado
HP keeps strong hold on server market, although Fujitsu Siemens closes gap
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.