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Linux servers up as thin clients decline

Currency devolution to blame for decline in thin client market
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The EMEA server market has continued its positive year-on-year growth, according to analyst IDC.

The EMEA market witnessed a year-on-year growth of 3.5 per cent in Q1 2015, reporting £3 billion in vendor revenue.

In particular, Linux has seen solid growth with a 15.9 per cent year-on-year increase in shipments in Q1 2015.

Eckhardt Fischer, research analyst of European infrastructure at IDC, said: "Linux continues to make positive strides in Western Europe, and its reported 15.9 per cent year-on-year growth in Q1 2015 can be attributed to higher levels of attraction seen by this OS in cloud, HPC, and Big Data scenarios."

The EMEA server market also reported a year-on-year revenue growth of 29.2 per cent in Q1 2015, but due to a weakening euro, some vendors have been forced to adopt new pricing structures.

IDC revealed that HP took the top spot in Q1, with a server revenue of $1.08 billion (£701 million), while Dell came in second place with revenue reaching $534 million (£345 milion). 

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In addition, the thin and thermal client market saw a decline during Q1 2015, dipping by 7.8 per cent year-on-year.

According to IDC, the market struggled to keep momentum due to a lack of drivers and impact of the euro devaluation, with shipments slowing to 1.19 million.

Jay Chou, senior research analyst for worldwide enterprise client device trackers at IDC, added: “With IT and users alike increasingly more receptive to remote desktop computing, IDC maintains shipment volume should see steady single-digit growth annually through 2019.

“But, a rising tide won’t lift all boats, and we can expect further market share consolidation."

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