HPC Server Market Delivers Record Revenues and 7.7% Growth in 2012, IDC Reports
21 Mar 2013
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 21, 2012 –
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (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, according to the newly released International
Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide
High-Performance Technical Server QView. The
2012 results exceeded IDC's forecast of 7.1% year-over-year revenue growth.
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
The brightest spot continued to be the high-end Supercomputers
segment for HPC systems, which sell for $500,000 and up. Revenue in this
segment jumped 29.3% over 2011 to $5.6 billion. The supercomputing segment
accounted for 50.9% of total technical server revenue for 2012. A major
component of this year's growth came from very large systems sold by Fujitsu, IBM,
HP, and Cray. A single Fujitsu supercomputer, the "K" system
installed at Japan's RIKEN, accounted for more than $500 million of the total.
Growth in the Divisional segment ($250,000 to $499,000 price band)
dipped 2.2% from 2011 to finish 2012 at $1.2 billion. This segment captured 10.9%
of the total revenue for 2012.
After posting a record $3.5 billion year in 2011, the Departmental
segment ($100,000 - $250,000 price band) eased back in 2012 to $3.0 billion,
still topping the 2009 mid-recession low point of $2.8 billion. The 2012 figure
accounted for 27% of all technical server revenue, greater than the combined
2012 totals (22.1%) for the Divisional and Workgroup segments.
The Workgroup Segment (sub-$100,000 price band) modestly rebounded
in 2012 to $1.24 billion, a 1.2% gain over the 2011 revenue total but still far
from the 2008 figure of $2.5 billion. Workgroup revenue was hit especially hard
by the global economic recession, as buyers delayed or canceled some planned
acquisitions in this segment that is characterized by purchases based on
shorter sales cycles and more discretionary spending. Workgroup revenue has
also been dampened a bit by the tendency of workgroups within some
organizations to pool their HPC budgets to purchase larger, non-Workgroup HPC
systems that are centrally managed and shared. Despite these factors, IDC
believes that Workgroup revenue will continue to rebound slowly.
"HPC technical servers, especially Supercomputers, have been
closely linked not only to scientific advances but also to industrial
innovation and economic competitiveness. For this reason, nations and regions
across the world are increasing their investments in supercomputing even in
today's challenging economic conditions," said Earl Joseph, Program Vice President for Technical Computing at IDC.
Research Vice President for Technical Computing, added that
"2012 was an exceptionally strong revenue year for the high-end
Supercomputers segment, which grew 29.3% year over year. IDC does not expect
the high end of the market to continue growing at a pace this swift."
IDC forecasts that the overall HPC technical server market will experience
a healthy 7.3% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the 2011—2016 forecast
period, reaching revenues of more than $14 billion by 2015.
Additional Vendor Highlights
- Fujitsu had an exceptionally
strong year, partly due to the acceptance of the "K" system in
Japan, achieving a whopping 470.5% revenue gain over 2011.
- Cray revenue increased by a very
strong 127.3%, driven by the acceptance of several large systems.
Additionally, Cray's fourth quarter revenue showed a significant bump as IDC
started reporting unified revenue for Cray and Appro to reflect Cray’s
acquisition and integration of Appro's assets.during the quarter.
High-Performance Technical Server QView presents the HPC market from
various perspectives, including by competitive segment, vendor, cluster versus
non-cluster, geography, and operating system. It also contains detailed revenue
and shipment information by HPC models.
For more information about the IDC Worldwide High Performance
Technical Server QView, please contact Chirag Dekate, Research Manager, Technical
Computing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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