Q2 blade server sales jump 61 percent

While unit shipments in EMEA grew for the big vendors, revenue didn’t, Gartner reports

Blade server shipments in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) jumped by a healthy 61.4 percent in the second quarter, helping the server market overall to increase by a steady 9 percent, according to new Gartner research.

X86 servers also reported steady gains, with unit shipments increasing 10.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Servers based on RISC and Intel's Itanium chips didn’t fare as well, with shipments falling 3.1 percent and revenue dropping 5.1 percent in the quarter.

While Hewlett-Packard retained its No. 1 position in shipments, reaching 224 million units and growing 15.5 percent during the quarter, the No. 2 spot changed. IBM sold just over 1,000 more servers then Dell to become the second-largest server maker in the region. Dell had held the No. 2 position after the first quarter.

While unit shipments grew for the big vendors, revenue didn’t. Server revenue declined by 0.1 percent compared to the second quarter last year, totaling $3.9 billion, Gartner found. Dell, in fourth place in terms of revenue, grew revenue by 11.3 percent during the quarter, the most of any of the major suppliers. Hewlett-Packard revenue dropped 0.1 percent, IBM gained 1.7 percent and Sun Microsystems grew 8.5 percent.

Eastern and Western Europe produced very small revenue growth, while revenue from server sales in the Middle East and Africa declined by 6 percent.