Leading the revenue pack was commodity x86 server hardware, which increased 3.4 percent. On the flip side, RISC/Itanium Unix revenue declined 3.4 percent. Gartner said the biggest revenue hit came from the 'other' CPU category -- comprised primarily of mainframes -- which showed a revenue drop of 37.6 percent compared with the previous year.
Gartner reported rack-optimized server form factors climbed in shipments 1.4 percent and 1.7 percent in revenue in the first quarter. Shipments of x86 blade servers, on the other hand, decreased 3.9 points but increased 5.2 percent in revenue for the quarter.
“After some challenges in 2013, vendors will be relieved to see 2014 get off to a relatively good start,” wrote Adrian O’Connell, research director at Gartner. “The demand environment is stabilizing, but challenges remain. We expect users will continue to be conservative in their investments for some time, and platform migrations will remain a challenging factor. We are likely to see revenue growth in 2014, but the reality is that the market is operating from a significantly lower level than it was prior to the downturn in 2008.”
PUBLISHED MAY 28, 2014