Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/11/16/western_europe_server_sales_down/

Western Europe server sales down, again

RISC/Unix sad, Dell happy

By James Watson

Posted in Data Centre, 16th November 2001 14:55 GMT

The Western European server market continued to decline in the third quarter, as it did in the first half of the year. Unit shipments fell 7 per cent year on year from 3Q 2000, while revenues dropped 21 per cent year on year to $3.26 billion.

The figures, fresh in from Gartner Dataquest, show Compaq at the front of the pack Western Europe (and the UK), while Sun Microsystems took a big hit, down 48 per cent year on year.

According to analyst Karen Benson, revenues were dampened by intense pricing competition across all levels of the product spectrum. Users were more interested in maintaining their existing infrastructure, rather than splashing out on new kit, resulting in more upgrades and low-end implementations.

RISC/Unix-based systems took the biggest knock, with unit shipments dropping 36 per cent year on year. As expected, Dell was the only company to post a year-on- year market share increase, climbing up three points to 14 per cent.

In the UK, telecoms and finance companies zipped up their chequebooks as the server market dropped 21 per cent from last year. Most vendors got punished, with the exception of Dell, now claiming a quarter of the market.

Full unit shipment and market share details:


Western European All Server Shipment Estimates for Q3
Company 3Q01 Shipments 3Q01 Share (%) 3Q00 Shipments 3Q00 Share (%) Q301/Q300 Growth (%) Q301/Q201 Growth (%)
Compaq 80,740 33% 85,090 32% -5% -6%
IBM 45,400 18% 50,610 19% -10% -4%
Dell 35,430 14% 28,380 11% 25% -2%
HP 30,570 12% 34,370 13% -11% -11%
Fujitsu-Siemens 18,850 8% 20,900 8% -10% 7%
Sun Microsystems 11,460 5% 22,130 8% -48% -32%
Others 25,340 10% 25,070 9% 1% -3%
Total Western Europe 247,790 100% 266,550 100% -7% -6%
UK All Server Shipments Estimates for 3Q
Company 3Q01 Shipments 3Q01 Share (%) 3Q00 Shipments 3Q00 Share (%) Q301/Q300 Growth (%) Q301/Q201 Growth (%)
Compaq 17,320 36% 20,030 33% -14% 30%
Dell 12,230 25% 11,590 19% 5% 4%
IBM 6,020 12% 8,940 15% -33% 20%
HP 3,530 7% 6,740 11% -48% -7%
Sun Microsystems 2,520 5% 6,950 11% -64% -41%
Others 6,620 14% 6,810 11% -3% 32%
Total UK 48,240 100% 61,060 100% -21% 11%


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