The latest server shipment stats from Gartner Dataquest show a server market that essentially remained flat for the second quarter of 2002.
Worldwide server shipments totaled 1.08 million for the second quarter, an increase of 0.5 percent over the second quarter of 2001, the preliminary statistics said.
“The weak business environment worldwide continues to have a great impact on the server industry,” said Shahin Naftchi, senior analyst covering servers for Gartner Dataquest’s Computing Platform Worldwide program.
“Because of customers’ uncertainty of their own business, purchasing high-end servers, changing to a new platform and signing big contracts are still deferred, which elongate the sales cycle. For the time being, customers are focusing on deployments that can yield quick return on investments by purchasing less expensive systems or upgrading their established systems if necessary,” Naftchi noted.
The biggest change this quarter was the combined Hewlett-Packard and Compaq. With Compaq in first place and HP in third for the past several quarters, it’s no surprise that the vendors’ combined 30.5 percent market share puts the merged entity firmly in the lead.
Dell remained in the No. 2 spot, but increased its market share to 18 percent, up from 16 percent one year ago. Sun Microsystems and IBM stayed put in third and fourth place, respectively, despite a 10.8 percent increase for Sun.
With Compaq’s spot freed up, NEC moved into fifth place with 2.2 percent of the market.
|Preliminary Worldwide Server Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q02
|Note: The data for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq has been combined.|
|Source: Gartner Dataquest (July 2002)|
Once again, the U.S. server market fared better than expected, experiencing close to a 10 percent increase, with shipments of 482,647 units, up from 439,163 in the second quarter of 2001.
Although this growth may prompt speculation that the end of the market downturn is near, and there are signs of unit stabilization in the United States, the market has yet to show signs of consistent revenue growth according to Gartner Dataquest. Analysts from the research firm note that that without a stable revenue stream, it is unclear whether many companies have enough confidence to invest heavily in new server equipment.
The HP-Compaq merger had a significant significant impact on the U.S. vendor rankings. Here too, HP assumed the No. 1 spot with 26.8 percent of the market, this time taking advantage of its combined strength to bump Dell into second place with 24 percent market share. IBM and Sun followed, and Gateway moved into the now-open fifth slot, despite a nearly 25 percent decrease.
“Since the merger of HP and Compaq is still in its early stage, HP is still faced with the challenges of transitioning its product lines and integrating the two corporate cultures,” said Jeffrey Hewitt, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest’s Servers Worldwide program.
“On the other hand, the post-merger challenges facing HP may benefit customers if the company decides to offer better prices and attractive contracts to protect its installed customer base,” Hewitt added.
|Preliminary U.S. Server Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q02
|Note: The data for Hewlett-Packard and Compaq have been combined.|
|Source: Gartner Dataquest (July 2002)|
Reprinted from Server Watch, an internet.com site
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