IDC: 2011 HPC Server Market Had Record Revenues and 8.4% Growth

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IDC is reporting that the HPC technical server market increased by 8.4% in full-year 2011 to reach a record $10.3 billion, up from $9.5 billion in 2010. The 2011 results exceeded IDC’s forecast of 7.2% year-over-year revenue growth.

The brightest spot was the “Supercomputers” segment for HPC systems selling for $500,000 and up, which jumped 24% to reach revenues of nearly $4.4 billion during a year of continuing worldwide economic recovery. At the other end of the price spectrum, revenue from “Workgroup” HPC systems sold for below $100,000 fell 4% to $1.2 billion as buyers continued to delay or cancel some planned acquisitions in this segment that is characterized by purchases based on shorter sales cycles and more discretionary spending. These results reflect a continuing, dramatic shift of HPC technical server revenue share toward the Supercomputers segment.

IDC expects the HPC technical server market to grow at a healthy 7% to 8% yearly rate to reach revenues of $13.4 billion by 2015. Read the Full Story.