IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker – Q4 2012 Results

IDC released their Q4 server numbers on Wednesday. Here is a quick summary of the findings – for a full summary, read the full report via the link at the bottom.

Worldwide Server Data

  • factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 3.1% year over year to $14.6 billion
  • server shipments decreased 3.9% to 2.1 million units
  • volume systems and high-end systems experienced 4.2% and 6.4% revenue growth to $9.1 billion and $4.1 billion respectively

x86 Industry Standard Server Market Dynamics

  • x86 server market increased 6.0% in the quarter to $9.7 billion worldwide
  • x86 unit shipments decreased 3.7% to 2.1 million servers
  • x86 sales accounted for 66.2% of all server spend
  • HP’s x86 factory revenue increased 4.4% to 32.7% share
  • Dell’s x86 factory revenue increased 5.7% to 22.9%share
  • IBM’s x86 factory revenue came in at 16.7% share
  • Cisco’s x86 factory revenue came in at 5% share

Blade Server Market Results
IDC included density optimized servers and blade servers under the category of “modular form factor” so here are the details on blade servers:

  • blade servers grew 3.3% year over year to $2.4 billion
  • blades now account for 16.3% of total server revenue
  • HP’s blade revenue share came in at 44.7%
  • IBM’s blade revenue share came in at 21.7%
  • Cisco’s blade revenue share came in at 15.3% share

To read the full IDC report, visit

Kevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of He has over 15 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace. Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization. Kevin works for Dell as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global 500 market.

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