Worldwide server shipments are picking up steam, but the heady days of double-digit percentage growth won’t return in the near future, market research firm Dataquest, an arm of Gartner, said.
Server shipments grew 4.2 per cent in 2002 compared with figures for 2001, Dataquest said. Hewlett-Packard (HP) maintained a healthy lead over its closest competitor, Dell Computer. The data suggested that while server shipments were stabilising as the worldwide economy continued to limp along, there were no signs of the dramatic growth that marked the late 1990s.
The acquisition of Compaq Computer allowed HP to vault into the lead for worldwide server shipments. The combined company shipped 1.39 million servers in 2002, 30.1 per cent of the worldwide market. Dell’s 851,227 shipments represented 18.5 per cent of the market.
Dell posted the largest year-over-year increase, growing shipments 19.3 per cent from 2001. HP/Compaq actually lost ground, as combined shipments slipped 4.6 per cent. Compaq led the world in server shipments in 2001 with 1.03 million units, while HP only shipped 428,104 units that year, Dataquest said.
IBM’s servers lost a little ground in 2002 as shipments dropped 1.3 per cent to 657,895 units. Sun Microsystems gained ground, increasing shipments 6.7 per cent to 277,300 units.
One of the strongest performing segments was the whitebox server category. The term “whitebox” refers to servers made by small, local vendors that don’t garner significant market share themselves. When lumped together they accounted for 29 per cent of all servers shipped in 2002, second only to HP.
The numbers include servers built using processors from Intel, and RISC (reduced instruction set computing) processors.