Michael Dell has announced at Dell World Keynote that it is enjoying No. 1 position in the market share for having servers in Asia and North America. It is having no. one spot worldwide with 64,000 servers.
In this announcement, Dell has not cited the source of this claim. Also, no public statements have been given about this and that is the reason we have consulted IDC analyst, Matt Eastwood to find out truth behind the claim. Eastwood has left his reply on Twitter as: “Dell is at #2 in the server units and #2 in x86 server’s revenue. Overall it is at #3 in server rev (pesky mainframes).”Dell is achieving steady sales in the server market. It is the only company who has encountered increasing numbers of share in third quarter analysis of market, yet it has shown overall decline in sales. Eastwood in his reply has further said that it is IBM who still gets sales for its big boxes.
Dell has counted the market share by the shipment and not by the market revenue. When we measure the market share in terms of revenue, IBM is at number one spot with total $3.5 billion, HP is one number second with $3.3 billion and Dell is on number three with $2.1 billion server sales.
Servers are packed in the racks and every few days, technicians walk in to pick out the dead one from the heart of server room. Servers are cheap commodity and they bestow little margins on sales to Dell and also to other vendors.
This time the Dell’s aim was to sell solution rather than servers and that is why they have called limited gathering in Austin, Dell World. Dell has recently revealed that its public and private cloud platforms will be developed on OpenStack. Dell has released its technical preview of private cloud- Dell Cloud Dedicated with OpenStack, on December 12, 2012.
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There are many ways to encounter the success of mobile platform, but if you are intending to measure the success by numbers of app downloads metric, than do not worry, ABI Research has already did it for you. According to ABI, the Android will win the race in 2013 with 58% of smartphone app downloads. Apple will be lagging behind with just 33% of downloads. By the inclusion of tablet app downloads, the figures will drastically change.ABI predicted that in 2013, almost 56 billion times app will download and majority of these apps will be of iOS and Android, it is showing that in smartphone market these two are enjoying duopoly. It is said earlier this year by ABI that Android will be having 57% share and iOS will be enjoying 21% share in the global smartphone market. Jointly, these two players were enjoying 92% of the chunk in the market in 2012 Q4 and this is now down to 72% and indicating that some second player is having chance to show its performance.
However, it is clear that Android is having bigger piece of share this year and it is expected to grow further. It will be too early to predict the figures knowing that China is urging in adoption of smartphones. For instance this February, China has passed US in order to become the world’s largest iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users. Apple is certainly not ignoring China and Tim Cook has already announced that China is an important market for Apple. There are many options for Chinese customers to buy, and Apple has also offered them option to buy Apple devices on credit terms.
No doubt, ABI prediction about Android app download is correct, because Android is having low cost smartphone market and having more numbers of customers. But, Apple in terms of making revenue formation from the app is still the leader, as their developers know exactly how to monetise their paid apps, in app purchases, virtual goods and upgrades.
ABI also declared that in terms of tablet app downloads, iOS is leading and this is another reason for shakiness of Android. This year it is predicated that almost 14 billion tablet apps will be downloaded and 75% of them will be accounted for iPad and 17% will be accounted for Android (excluding Kindle Fire). Amazon will be having 4% and Windows Tablets will be having 2% share, as claimed by the firm.
- The share margin in Tablet market between iPad and Android is narrowing at a faster pace than predicted.
- Android and iPad market share is shrinking much faster than it was predicted
- iPad dominance in Tablet downloads in upcoming 5 years- 56% market will be captured till 2017