Gartner recently released their fourth-quarter assessments of revenues and shipments for the worldwide server market. In the report, Gartner found that worldwide server shipments increased 4.8 percent year over year while revenue also increased 2.2 percent over Q4 of 2013. As for 2014 as a whole, server shipments grew 2.2 percent and revenue jumped 0.8 percent. Gartner concluded that this growth can be attributed to the steady shift to hyper-scale datacenter deployments and expansion of cloud server provider installations.
As it has for many years, HP continued to be the front-runner of the global server market during Q4 with nearly 28 percent of the market share seeing a 1.5 percent growth year over year. Dell followed with 17.3 percent, IBM in third place with 12.8 percent, and Lenovo at nearly 8 percent. Cisco grew its server business by 19.3 percent, giving it a 5.5 percent share putting it fifth. With the sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo, IBM experienced a decline of 50.6 percent while Lenovo saw rapid growth with an increase of 743.4 percent.
x86 servers continue to be the dominant platform used for large-scale data center builds around the world. Though relatively small, the growth of integrated systems as an overall percentage of the hardware infrastructure market also contributed to the growth of the x86 server market for the year.
Geographical regions that saw the most increase in terms of unit shipments for the fourth quarter were the Middle East and Africa with 10.7 percent, Asia/Pacific with 9.1 percent and North America rounding out the top three at 7.6 percent. As the server market begins to flatter in established markets, Lenovo has acknowledged that they are focused on finding ways to boost sales in emerging markets, particularly China.