German Server Market Remained Above $800 Million Threshold With Third Quarter of Consecutive Growth, Says IDC

According to IDC's German Quarterly Server Tracker, the German server market continued to experience healthy trends in 2Q07, with an overall revenue increase of 8% to $805 million and unit shipments close to 89,000.

"Overall, themes such as virtualization and consolidation remained high on the agenda", said Thomas Meyer, VP, EMEA Systems and Infrastructure Solutions at IDC. "Green IT emerged as a significant issue with a focus on datacenter power efficiency and efforts to measure this area."

As in previous quarters, blades represented a high-growth segment in the German market, with factory revenue growth of 41.5%. "With 5% revenue market share, blades continued to be a small fraction of the overall server revenue market in Germany", said Michele Zwolinski, research analyst, European Systems Group, at IDC. "The increasing popularity of virtualization technologies, the advent of multicore and better performing processors, as well as the much improved management software offerings optimized for bladed environments will contribute to strong growth in the coming quarters."

Top Server Market Findings:
x86 systems remained a major growth driver in the German server market, outperforming the overall market with 15.9% of revenue growth in 2Q07.
Linux continued to aggressively gain revenue share in the German market, growing by 65.6%.
An ongoing trend towards "appliantized" solutions for the SMB market, including, for example, management and security software stacks at good price points, drove low-end shipments.
Itanium systems doubled in revenues and increased by 50% in unit terms, putting in another strong quarter.
Despite stagnating System z sales and decline in its System p and System i business, IBM retained pole position in the German server market, recording 2Q factory revenue of $241 million.
Generating overall growth of 23%, HP maintained second position in the German market. The vendor continued to benefit from its x86 volume business, grossing $132 million from x86 sales alone as well increasing its Itanium business by 56%.
With growth just above the market, Fujitsu Siemens Computers retained third position followed by Sun Microsystems and Dell.

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