Workstation market shows promising growth after lacklustre 2009

A report by Jon Peddie Research has shown that the workstation market has improved for Q1 2010 compared to its low performance in 2009. 725,000 workstations were shipped worldwide in Q1 2010, a sequential growth of 1.1 percent and a year-on-year increase of 25.7 percent.

Rather than celebrating Q1 results too early, the industry must keep an eye on continuing the steady improvements  as they are a reflection of 2009’s shoddy year rather than a fantastic beginning to 2010.

The research says that the 1.1 percent sequential gain is an indicator of market progress rather than the 25.7 percent year-on-year sales gain. The sequential increase shows that the market’s vital signs will be beeping more regularly on the monitor again, signalling a market ahead of its normal pace – Q1 sales tend to trail behind previous year’s Q4s, says Jon Peddie.

The research says that a major kick up the rear has been given to the professional graphics hardware market from the likes of Nvidia and ATI, which has seen a huge 77.9 percent year-on-year sales growth and has managed to raise the stakes 17.6 percent sequentially. The research says 1.26 billion units were shipped, beating the comparatively decent shipping totals of 2007 and 2008.

Dell is still the leader in workstations despite hot competition from HP which is trailing just behind. HP managed to overtake Dell’s leadership in Q3 09, but Dell wrangled itself back to the top spot in Q4 09. It held onto its top spot for Q1 2010 beating HP just slightly 39.3 percent to 38.1 percent.