HP gains top spot for new server shipments virtualised with 38% market share
New server shipments virtualised in the fourth quarter of 2009 increased year over year for the first time in 2009 to 352,533 units, as customers came out of recession with a ‘virtualise first’ mentality, according to research and advisory firm IDC.
According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Virtualisation Tracker, 18.2% of all new servers shipped in the fourth quarter of 2009 were virtualised, an increase of 15.2% compared to same period last year. Virtualised server end user spending was down 2% in 4Q09 and 14% in 2009 to $15.2bn, while new server shipments virtualised for 2009 declined 5% from 2008.
Worldwide virtualisation software revenue for all CPU types declined 10% year over year during the quarter to $447m, while virtualisation licenses increased 13% year over year and 21% sequentially in but declined 7% for all of 2009.
Among vendors, HP gained the top spot for new server shipments virtualised with 38% market share, increasing 26% year over year. Dell remained in the second position with virtualised server shipments growing 17%, accounting for a market share of 26%. IBM gained the third position with 15% market share and 37% year over year growth.
VMware ESX continues to hold the number one spot for virtualisation platform with licenses increasing 19%, while VMware Server gained the second spot in virtualisation platforms despite declining 9% year over year. Microsoft Hyper-V captured the third spot showing strong momentum at 215% annual growth.
Citrix XenServer showed the largest increase, growing 290% year over year, while Virtual Server 2005, with the fourth largest share, continued its depreciation with licenses declining 29% year over year.
Brett Waldman, senior research analyst for software appliances and virtualisation at IDC, said: 2009 was a rough year for all vendors in IT, but the fourth quarter showed that end users are still hungry for virtualisation software.
Virtualisation is no longer the cool, unproven technology that people are looking into for quick cost savings. It has matured into an integral piece of the IT infrastructure as companies move towards virtualisation 3.0 and cloud computing.