SME, public sector declines offset UK server growth, says IDC


SME, public sector declines offset UK server growth, says IDC

Microscope contributor

The UK server market stood still in the third quarter as a rise in shipments to very large corporate customers was offset by declining sales in the SME and public sector.

Market stats from IDC show that 80,000 x86 systems - more than 95% of total server shipments in the UK - were sold during the three months, flat with the same period a year ago while market revenues fell 10%.

The very large corporate market - above 1,000 seats - was up 16% in units but the SME segment fell 10% and local government declined 22%.

"Any project in the public sector over £1m was cut or frozen," said Nathaniel Martinez, programme director for European server research at IDC.

Market leader HP declined 7%, largely due to a large deal it signed with BT in 2009 that was not replicated this year.

Pretender to the crown Dell pushed up its unit sales 9% while IBM grew 23%, boosted by a weak year-ago quarter.

Fujitsu held onto the fourth spot despite declining 34% and Oracle shipments dropped 4%.

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