Worldwide server market grew 4.8 percent in shipments
In all of 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 2.2 percent, and server revenue increased 0.8 percent.
"There were several factors that produced the strong growth in the server market in 2014," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.
"On a worldwide basis, hyperscale data center deployments as well as service provider installations drove the x86-based server market upward. Enterprises had less unit growth impact because of the ongoing presence of physical server consolidation through x86-server virtualization. This overall market growth developed despite declines in both mainframe and Unix platforms."
In the fourth quarter of 2014, the regions with the highest growth rates in terms of unit shipments were the Middle East and Africa (10.7 percent), Asia/Pacific (9.1 percent) and North America (7.6 percent).
HP led the worldwide server market based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2014 but only grew 1.5 percent year over year. The company ended the year with $3.9 billion in revenue for a total share of 27.9 percent worldwide.
IBM experienced a decline of 50.6 percent while Lenovo experienced strong growth of 743.4 percent. The significant changes in IBM's and Lenovo's growth rates are due to the completion of the sale of IBM's x86 server business to Lenovo in the fourth quarter. ■