Gartner Dataquest Says Worldwide Workstation Shipments Increased 11 Percent
SAN JOSE, Calif., February 5, 2001 - Worldwide workstation shipments surpassed 1.6
million units in 2000, an 11 percent increase over 1999 shipments, according to
preliminary results from Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Group Inc. (NYSE: IT
and ITB). While there are concerns the slowing economy may impact the workstation
industry, there is also optimism for 2001. Gartner Dataquest analysts said the industry
may see some upturn in 2001 with the implementation of the Pentium 4-based uniprocessor
"The industry is still anxiously waiting to see the market reception for the Pentium
4-based uniprocessor workstations. They represent a significant change in product
positioning since dual processor scalability is a key component of current IA workstation
definition. Because the product was introduced in the fourth quarter, the shipments
were only in the hundreds," said Pia Rieppo, principal analyst covering workstations
for Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platform Worldwide group. "We expect the Pentium
4 ramp up in the first and second quarters of 2001, although many end users may
bypass these workstations and wait until the dual-processor chipsets and the Pentium
4 Xeon CPU arrives this spring."
Three of the top-tier vendors experienced double-digit growth rates for the year
(see Table 1). Dell moved into the No. 1 position as its market share surpassed
23 percent for 2000.
Preliminary Worldwide Workstation Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2000 (Units)
Source: Gartner Dataquest (February 2001)
In the fourth quarter of 2000, the workstation market grew 11.3 percent, but there
were some concerns among some manufacturers.
"A number of vendors reported slackening demand in the United States. The U.S. market
consumes about half of the current workstation shipments, so there will be continued
focus on the trends in the U.S. workstation market," said Shahin Naftchi, senior
analyst covering servers and workstations for Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platform
Worldwide group. "Our research shows that the U.S. market is expected to continue
to be weak in the early part of 2001."
These results are preliminary at this time. Final statistics will be available soon
to clients of Gartner Dataquest's Workstations Quarterly Statistics Worldwide program.
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