You can forget the annus horribilis that was 2009: the servers market, carried by a pickup in enterprise spending, saw a 17% growth in deliveries in 2010, and a 13% increase in value according to Gartner.
2009 was a particularly difficult year for the servers market, weighed down by the Global Financial Crisis and reduced enterprise spending, with companies holding off information technology spending until better days.
We have now seen a great change in 2010, with sales picking up and improved economic confidence. Logically, the servers market has benefitted from this activity pick up, with delivery growth of 17%, the equivalent of 8.8 million systems delivered, with an increase of 13% in value to 48.8 billion dollars, according to Gartner.
In the last quarter of 2010, deliveries were up 6.5% year on year, at the same time that the market saw profit growth of 16.4%. The hardware replacement cycles undertaken by enterprise and the arrival of new processors released by Intel and AMD has also participated in this improvement.
HP, IBM and Dell lead the ball Blade servers and new x86 configurations have most benefitted from this growth, while Unix RISC/Itanium servers have lagged behind. In terms of mainframes, the introduction of System Z has allowed IBM to book good sales in the last quarter, allowing them to take the lead in terms of market value.
All regions benefitted from the growth in the servers market in 2010 except Japan. Across the whole year 2010, HP was the company they most benefitted in both terms of value (slightly ahead of IBM) and in deliveries.
Dell benefitted from a strong presence in the professional market and well positioned in the global Top 3. For the same reasons, the American group was one of the hardest hit during the Global Financial Crisis.