Gartner: Global server market shipments grew in 2013, but revenues declined

In the fourth quarter of 2013, worldwide server shipments grew 3.2 per cent year on year, while revenue declined 6.6 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Gartner. In all of 2013, worldwide server shipments grew 2.1 per cent, and server revenue declined 4.5 per cent. "2013 presented some pronounced differences in various server market segments," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "We've seen ongoing growth in Web-scale IT deployments, while the enterprise remained relatively constrained. In terms of hardware platform types, mainframe and RISC/Itanium Unix platform market performance kept overall revenue growth in check," Hewitt noted. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the regions with the highest growth rates in terms of unit shipments were Asia/Pacific (16.3 per cent), Japan (7.5 per cent) and North America (relatively flat at 0.01 per cent). All regions declined in vendor revenue except Asia/Pacific, which grew by 0.6 per cent year over year. Article