IBM Gives Way To Lenovo
The sale of IBM's x86 server business to Lenovo, as well as the above-mentioned drop in mainframe sales as customers waited for the January release of the z13, raised havoc with IBM's server numbers.
IBM server sales in the fourth quarter plummeted 48.0 percent to $2.0 billion, IDC said. Most of that drop came from its exiting the x86 server business, although IDC said IBM also suffered double-digit drops in sales of its Power Systems and Z System mainframes in the quarter.
For all of 2014, IBM's server business fell 26.5 percent to $9.4 billion, keeping it at second place between HP and Dell, but likely for the last time.
Gartner estimated IBM's fourth-quarter 2014 server sales at $1.8 billion, down more than 50 percent compared to the same quarter last year. IBM wasn't even in the list of top five server vendors by shipments, according to Gartner.