During the period in review, shipments for the x86 servers in the region were up 17 percent year-on-year, while revenue grew 18 percent.
The x86-based server sales represented 98 percent of total shipments in the fourth quarter, while revenue share increased to account for 67 percent in this quarter, compared to 58 percent in the fourth quarter in 2010 and 62 percent in the previous quarter.
Meanwhile, Gartner noted that the mainframe platform and RISC/ IA64 Unix servers posted revenue decline by 56 percent and five percent respectively, after positive performances in the previous three quarters of 2011. The global weakness in RISC/Itanium Unix server shipments also manifested in the region's server market performance.
"In this region, blade server revenue continued to grow the fastest compared to other form factors," Gadjuli said. Blade servers (x86 and non-x86) expanded in revenue by 15 percent year on year.
HP was the erstwhile leader in the blade market with 45 percent of total blade revenue in the fourth quarter of 2011 and 32 percent share of shipments. However, Dell, in third place in the blade market, and Cisco, with its USC blade, were strong contenders, said Gartner.
Among the vendors, the top sellers were IBM, HP and Dell, based on shipment and revenues. Dell was the leader, followed by HP and IBM, respectively, when it comes to shipments, while IBM bested HP and Dell, respectively, in terms of revenues.
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