Dell overtakes HP to lead enterprise client device market

Dell has overtaken HP to lead the global enterprise client device unit shipments in Q4 2014, said IDC.

In the worldwide enterprise client device market, Dell has 27.2 percent share in Q4 2014 against HP’s 25.4 percent. Dell has increased its share to 27.2 percent in Q4 2014 from 21.2 percent in Q4 2013. On the other hand, HP share fell to 25.4 percent from 26.8 percent.

IDC in a recent research report said Dell took the number 1 position in Q4 2014 mainly due to some key shipments in the financial sector.

NComputing, hampered by its financial troubles, faced conservative uptake from its channels and a drop to the number 5 position worldwide.

Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Unit Shipments, Market Share

Thin and terminal client market fell 12 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014. In 2014, shipments declined 0.2 percent, a weak comparison against Windows XP migration projects during 2013, which spurred more VDI adoptions, as well as the continued decline of terminal client deployments.

Thin clients grew 4.6 percent in 2014, with the volume decline isolated to the terminal client market, which has seen continued deterioration. Mature markets increased 4.3 percent in 2014, where a number of trials have finally came to full deployments and companies increasingly see the improved experience and longer terms savings from deploying VDI.

worldwide enterprise client device market chart by IDC

IDC expects Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) to reclaim the title as the biggest region for shipments in 2015, as a number of delayed projects in 2014 should resume. Mature markets are expected to follow suit, growing along with Asia to take global shipments to nearly 6 million units in 2015.

Thin Clients grew 4.6 percent to 96 percent of enterprise client devices in 2014. Thin Clients without Operating Systems (zero clients) had 26 percent share of the total thin client market.

Rajani Baburajan
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