Server sales start to return to pre-recession levels across EMEA


Server sales start to return to pre-recession levels across EMEA

Simon Quicke

The European server market has started to recover from the doldrums of last year delivering double digit growth for the first quarter but still has some way to go on the revenue front to shake off the label of 'remaining weak'.

According to the latest IDC quarterly figures for EMEA revenue for the first three months of the year increased by 7.4% to $3.2bn and units grew by 16.4% with 560,000 systems shipped.

But when it comes to revenue a drop of 19.9% indicated there is still some weakness in the segment and the days when it was delivering $5.4bn in Q4 2007 are still a distant but happy memory.

Nathaniel Martinex, research director in the enterprise server group for IDC EMEA, said that there were signs in the market that were very positive for the sector.

"European organisations are currently evaluating technologies such as scale-out environments, virtualisation and cloud computing, which are all promising to run IT infrastructure more efficiently," he said.

In terms of the technologies there was a split between x86 and non x86 offerings with sales of the main market segment more than doubling the non-x86 products delivering $2bn of factory revenue.
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