According to the recent report published by IDC this week, worldwide server market revenues decreased 4.8 percent year-over-year in Q2 2012. This is the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue declines for the server market. The market is "working its way through a number of technology transitions impacting customer demand for x86, Unix and mainframe-class systems," said Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manager for enterprise platforms at IDC, in a released statement. "Economic uncertainty is weighing on the market and the sales cycle is lengthening."
Unix hosting servers and non-x86 servers had the poorest showing this quarter. Unix hosting server revenue declined 20.3 percent year over year. Non-x86 server revenue declined 19.4 percent year over year. However, bladed hosting servers and Linux dedicated servers saw improved demand. IDC attributes the increase of Linux hardware revenue (a 1.7 percent year-over-year gain) to the growing demands of high-performance computing and cloud infrastructure deployments. Bladed server factory revenue was up 6.3 percent year over year, as were bladed server shipment numbers (up 4.1 percent from Q2 2011).
Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM Corp. shared the No. 1 spot for factory revenue share this quarter, although both companies saw year-over-year factory revenue declines (of 5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively). Dell Inc. took third place in factory revenue share, helped by a 5.9 percent revenue increase compared with Q2 2011.