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25 Mar 2016

Thin and Terminal Clients Volume Ends 2015 on a Down Note, But Asia/Pacific Proved Resilient, Says IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 25, 2016 – The global enterprise client device market, composed of thin and terminal clients, ended the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15) with a 6.8% reduction in shipments compared to the same quarter one year ago, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker. For the full year 2015, worldwide shipments declined 6.9% versus 2014, as many projects saw cutbacks or delays in the face of a faltering economic outlook and reduced public budgets.

"2015 was hampered by a number of distinct factors," said Jay Chou, Research Manager, Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Trackers at IDC. "While there was a certain amount of slowdown expected as many organizations had just refreshed their systems a year or two ago, the extent of economic and currency-related issues had a definite impact in the budget and timeline of other projects which were supposed to be in the pipeline. Nonetheless, awareness around VDI continues to improve, and IDC does expect an improved outlook ahead, especially as companies begin to think about moving beyond Windows 7."

Highlights

  • HP and Dell closed 2015 virtually tied* in global market share. Both were affected by an overall softness of the market.
  • NComputing rebounded from its past troubles, finishing the year above 12% growth in volume. Centerm was the beneficiary of some major financial project wins in China.
  • Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) remained resilient, growing just over 10% for all of 2015, the only region to see positive growth for the year.

Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Unit Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Calendar Year 2015 (shipments in thousands)

Vendors

2015 Unit Shipments

2015 Market Share

2014 Unit Shipments

2014 Market Share

2015 vs. 2014 Growth

1. Dell*

1,300

25.6%

1,508

27.7%

-13.8%

2. HP Inc.*

1,272

25.0%

1,497

27.4%

-15.0%

3. NComputing

518

10.2%

459

8.4%

12.8%

4. Centerm

457

9.0%

398

7.3%

15.0%

5. Igel

243

4.8%

276

5.1%

-12.1%

Others

1,290

25.4%

1,316

24.1%

-2.0%

Total Market

5,080

100%

5,454

100%

-6.9%

Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, Q4 2015.

* Note: IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide enterprise client device market when there is less than one percent difference in the shipment share of two or more vendors.



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