IDC: HPC Server Market Delivers Record Revenues and 7.7% Growth in 2012

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This week IDC reports that worldwide factory revenue for the HPC technical server market increased by 7.7% year over year in 2012 to a record $11.1 billion, up from $10.3 billion in 2011. In their Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView, IDC notes that the 2012 results exceeded their forecast of 7.1% year-over-year revenue growth.

2012 was an exceptionally strong revenue year for the high-end Supercomputers segment, which grew 29.3% year over year,” said Steve Conway, IDC Research Vice President for Technical Computing. “IDC does not expect the high end of the market to continue growing at a pace this swift.”

Other highlights from the report include:

  • IBM led all vendors with a 32.0% share of overall factory revenue, closely followed by HP with a 30.8% share.
  • Dell once again was a strong third-place finisher, capturing 13.5% of worldwide technical server revenue.
  • Unit shipments in 2012 declined 6.8% year over year as average-selling prices grew, reflecting the continued shift to large system sales.

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In related news, IDC’s HPC User Forum will take place in Tucson, Arizona on Apri 29 – May 1.