4Q17 EMEA Server Spending Increased by 17.4%
EMEA server market reported a year-on-year (YoY) increase in vendor revenues of 17.4% to $4.2 billion and a YoY increase of 0.1% in units shipped to 596,000, according to IDC. Looking at the EMEA market in euros, reported revenues in 4Q17 increased by 7.5% YoY to €3.6 billion.
Top 5 EMEA Vendor Revenues ($M)
4Q16 Server Revenue
4Q16 Market Share
4Q17 Server Revenue
4Q17 Market Share
4Q16/4Q17 Revenue Growth
When viewing the EMEA market by product, the standout contributor to the quarter's growth was custom multinode units, which grew 92.1% YoY in terms of units and 219.3% YoY in terms of revenues. Dell performed strongly in this product segment, with both shipments and average selling prices increasing due to demand for high-specification custom units. Large systems were a second noticeable outperformer, with units growing by 67.5% YoY and revenues by 67.4% YoY. Custom rack-optimized shipments were not far behind, with 44.0% growth YoY.
Segmenting at a Western European level, Ireland maintained a strong performance with 53.3% revenue growth. This is largely the result of continued hyperscale datacenter investments made into the country. France had a very good quarter with a 39.0% YoY increase in server revenue, in part a result of continued investments in high-performance computing (HPC) deals. With $787.3 million in revenue, Germany maintained its position as the region's largest market, although with more tepid growth of 15.9% for the quarter.
Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) server revenue recorded a third consecutive quarter of growth and the last quarter of the year increased by 23.2% to $899.99 million. Deferred demand from previous quarters and the fulfilment of several larger projects before yearend were the main contributors. The Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) subregion grew by 26.8% year over year with revenue of $445.73 million, driven by very strong server sales in Russia helped by investments from service providers and government. Czech Republic and Poland also recorded a positive quarter, benefitting from the good economic situation in the region.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) subregion remained on the upward path as well and recorded year-over-year growth of 19.8% to $454.26 million in 4Q17. Non-x86 servers outperformed due to the IBM Z mainframe refresh, although x86 also saw double-digit growth thanks to a continuing preference toward richer configurations.