Press Release: February 25, 2009

HP Outpaces Competitors in Worldwide Server Shipments for Fourth Quarter of 2008

HP leads in x86 server shipments in Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific including Japan
PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 25, 2009

HP continued to gain worldwide server market share across the board with its HP ProLiant and HP Integrity server lines, according to calendar year 2008 figures reported today by IDC.(1)

By meeting customer demand for increased processing power at a better rate of return on investment, HP achieved a 36.3 percent total unit shipment share and 29 percent factory revenue share for the fourth quarter of 2008. HP maintained the No. 1 position in server shipments as well as gained factory revenue market share year over year for the calendar fourth quarter. Overall, HP gained the most total server unit and revenue market share year over year of the top five vendors in the fourth quarter.

HP ProLiant has led the x86 server market in worldwide shipments for the past 50 quarters, as reported by IDC.(2) For the first time since 2003, HP has tied for the lead in x86 server shipments in the Americas region, with a 6.4 percent year over year share gain. With HP ProLiant servers, HP now ships more x86 servers in each region than any other vendor.

“Now more than ever, customers need reliable servers that deliver better performance, improved energy usage and cost advantages,” said Paul Gottsegen, vice president, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “HP offers customers value beyond CPU performance by delivering complete server solutions with powerful management software and maximum return on investment. With each processor refresh, including the upcoming Nehalem Xeon processor from Intel, customers can rely on the fact that HP intends to be the first to ship a complete server solution.”

The blade server market continues to ramp quickly as both enterprise and midsize customers adopt the technology. IDC’s figures show that within the blade server market HP held 54.8 percent factory revenue and 51.5 percent units shipped for the fourth quarter of 2008.

Organizations continue to migrate to HP Integrity systems from mainframe vendors such as IBM to reduce costs and gain efficiencies in their mission-critical environments.

Additional highlights from the fourth quarter of 2008 include:

  • HP maintained its No. 1 position in x86 servers, x86-64 servers, AMD Opteron®-based and Intel® Itanium®-based servers for units shipped, leading in both Intel and AMD x86-64-based servers.
  • HP maintained its No. 1 position in combined Windows®, Linux and UNIX server unit shipments and factory revenue, with 32.7 percent revenue share and 36.3 percent unit share, respectively.
  • With increased demand for HP Integrity and HP Integrity NonStop servers in the fourth quarter, HP grew Intel Itanium processor-based server revenue by 7.3 percent year over year.

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(1) IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker 4Q08, February 2009.
(2) Combined with Compaq market share data.

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