CEE Server Sales Await Upcoming Refresh Cycles

Prague, March 14, 2014 – The server market in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) declined in value 13.3% year on year to $494.24 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year revenue decline. According to market research and advisory company IDC, shipments totaled 90,692 units, representing a 5.0% volume decrease from the same period in 2012.

"Server sales in the last quarter of 2013 were negatively influenced by sluggish economic conditions, deferred demand due to the upcoming refresh cycle, and market transformation driven by workload consolidation," says Jiri Helebrand, research manager at IDC CEMA. "Major CEE countries recorded mixed performance, with no major deals reported in Russia or the Czech Republic, while Poland recorded strong growth driven by investments in the government sector and demand from services providers."

HP held number one position in the CEE server market, with market value share of 41.4% stemming largely from sales of x86-based ProLiant servers. Second-ranked IBM recorded a double-digit drop in sales across its product portfolio (System x, Power Systems, and System z) yet still accounted for 25.0% of market value. Third-placed Dell also suffered a revenue decline, settling for 10.0% of market value share.

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