EMEA server spending declines by 12.9% in 4Q16

In 4Q16, the EMEA server market reported a year-on-year (YoY) decline in vendor revenues of 12.9% to $3.4 billion and a YoY decrease of 4.7% in units shipped to just under 600,000. Looking at the EMEA market in euros, reported revenues in 4Q16 declined 11.7% YoY. 

The top 5 vendors in EMEA are HPE, Dell, IBM, Lenovo and Cisco. Cisco is the only company that saw it’s revenue grow in 4Q16 in comparison to 4Q15. 

Top 5 EMEA Vendor Revenues ($M)

Source: IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, 4Q16

Custom rack optimized servers show biggest decline
When viewing the EMEA market by product, the biggest decline was seen in custom rack optimized server units and revenues, which decreased 38.1% and 39.9% respectively. Although relatively unchanged YoY, standard rack optimized servers recorded the highest overall shipment numbers (294,000), while large system servers saw the highest YoY shipment increase of 21.9% to 1,706 units.

"The ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) market continues to show strength as it gains another percentage point share in Western Europe in 4Q16. This continued growth from the ODM market is indicative of the continued drive toward cloud, be it through well-established tier 1 providers, smaller service providers, or the hoster community in Western Europe," said Eckhardt Fischer, senior research analyst, European Infrastructure, IDC.

Western European market
In terms of vendors, with 33.9% market share HPE remained at the top of the Western European server market, while second place Dell increased market share year on year from 16.9% to 17.8% in 4Q16. "An overall revenue decline in the 4Q16 Western European server market was fueled by mild earnings decreases across most major vendors. In particular, revenue for IBM declined by 33.7%, due in part to non-x86 refresh cycles and the continuing trend of declining non-x86 shipments," said Michael Ceroici, research analyst, European Infrastructure, IDC.

Finland, Ireland, and the Netherlands were the worst performers in the fourth quarter, with YoY revenue declines between 25% to 35% as both pressure from ODMs and slowed purchasing cycles from major service providers continue to create a turbulent market environment. With 20.5% YoY revenue growth Italy outperformed its neighbors, while Switzerland saw an increase of 30.3% in shipments due to some large investments in the high performance computing market, such as the expansion of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre.

"Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa [CEMA] server revenue declined by 16.8% year over year to $730.63 million in 4Q16. A limited number of infrastructure projects in the public space as well as the declining installed base of non-x86 servers were the major inhibitors in the last quarter of the year," said Jiri Helebrand, research manager, IDC CEMA. 

"The Central and Eastern Europe [CEE] subregion declined by 25.0% year over year with revenue of $351.53 million due to the lack of demand in the public sector in Poland and Czech Republic, and a substantial reduction of non-x86 server sales in Russia. Pockets of demand were recorded among the service providers that continue to invest in off-premise infrastructure buildouts."

Helebrand said the Middle East and Africa (MEA) subregion declined by 7.5% year over year to $379.10 million and fared much better than the CEE and Western European regions. "The delivery of an HPC project in the oil and gas industry as well as demand from the telecommunication and banking sectors drove demand for HW in the MEA region. Israel was among the best performing countries, driven by sales to the public sector and service providers. Qatar and Kuwait also recorded strong double-digit growth, benefiting from demand in the finance sector," Helebrand said.

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