WS market settles but remains solid in Q3’14

Robert Dow

The market held onto most of its previous and substantial gains, seeing its second-highest volume total in the third quarter of 2014. Worldwide, the industry shipped approximately 1.02 million workstations last quarter, posting a 4.7% gain over the same quarter a year ago, along with a modest 2.8% quarterly decline over Q2’14’s all-time high. JPR Senior Analyst, Alex Herrera, “The Q3 marked the official launch of Intel’s Haswell-E processor and supporting Grantley platform, an event that triggered refreshes of every major OEM’s premium deskside workstation line. But shipments of those new models didn’t ramp until Q4, meaning that any subsequent volume surge would be reflected not in last quarter’s results, but next quarter’s.”