Worldwide server shipments grew 9.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015 while worldwide server revenue increased 8.2 percent year over year, new statistics from Gartner Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, has revealed.
In all of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 9.9%, and server revenue increased 10.1%.
“The real growth driver for the quarter in terms of absolute value was the Other Vendors category,” Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner says. “This collection of unspecified vendors that includes original design manufacturers (ODMs), like Quanta and Wistron, contributed over $750 million in revenue and over 170,000 server unit shipments for the period. This demonstrates that the growth of hyperscale data centres, like those of Facebook, Google and Microsoft, continues to be the leading contributor to physical server increases globally.”
Gartner says 2015 produced overall increases of 9.9 percent in shipments and 10.1 percent in revenue. x86 servers continue to be the predominant platform used for large-scale data centre build-outs across the globe, and the growth of integrated systems, while still relatively small as an overall percentage of the hardware infrastructure market, also provided some growth contribution to the x86 server space for the year.
The outlook for 2016, according to Gartner, suggests that modest growth will continue in the server space on the whole with some constraint being felt from current economic and currency exchange issues in some regions.