Workstations continue to outperform PCs in Q4’15: Jon Peddie Research

Posted: 03.03.16

TIBURON, Calif— March 03, 2016:The workstation proved once again it is not slave to the same market forces dragging down the broader PC markets. Where industry reports indicate double-digit percentage decline in PC shipments in 2015, research firm and market watcher Jon Peddie Research reports that the workstation market fell only 0.8% in the fourth quarter of 2015 (year over year), and about the same for 2015 overall. All told, the industry shipped around 1.04 million units in Q4'15.

Why would two sister platforms experience such different market dynamics? Senior analyst and JPR Workstation Report author, Alex Herrera explains. "PC and workstation products are built off much of the same core technologies, but the workstation is designed and built with different priorities in mind: maximum reliability and application-optimized performance for high-demand, visual applications. Many mainstream PC users have found their primary applications still run fine on machines three or more years old — or even run acceptably on phones or tablets — so there's little motivation to pay for a new one. But the same is not at all true for users in areas like CAD, digital media and entertainment, geoscience, and finance. These buyers need and value the return a new, higher-performance machine can provide in increased productivity."

HP stiffens its hold on the top spot

Market shares for the big three workstation OEMs — HP, Dell and Lenovo — don't tend to fluctuate a great deal quarter to quarter. In the big picture, however, there had been a couple of notable stories over the past few years: Lenovo climbing slowly but steadily, and Dell stabilizing after a long decline at the hands of HP. With a seemingly clearer focus and more precise execution in wake of its privatization, Dell's workstation business had not only successfully stopped the decline, it had been managing to pull back a bit of share over time, from a low of 30.7% up to 35.9% in Q3'15. HP threw a damper on Dell's comeback run in the fourth quarter, however, tacking on 1.5 points while Dell's dropped by over two. Also impeding Dell's progress was Lenovo, which added 1.2 points to post its highest ever worldwide share of 15.1%. Fujitsu contributed another 2.9% in the quarter, while a host of smaller players accounted for the remaining 9.5%.

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About Jon Peddie Research
Dr. Jon Peddie has been active in the graphics and multimedia fields for more than 30 years. Jon Peddie Research is a technically oriented multimedia and graphics research and consulting firm. Based in Tiburon, California, JPR provides consulting, research, and other specialized services to technology companies in a variety of fields including graphics development, multimedia for professional applications and consumer electronics, high-end computing, and Internet-access product development. Jon Peddie Research's AIB Report is a quarterly report focused on the market activity of PC graphics controllers for notebook and desktop computing.

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