Workstation Report Series - Professional Computing Markets and Technologies

Robust economy and demand combine to drive strong workstation growth in Q1’18

Written By
Alex Herrera

Buoyed by both consistent demand from its professional customer base and thriving macro-economic conditions, the workstation market posted solid growth in the first quarter of 2018. Year-over-year, the quarter saw 9.0% gains in unit volume and an even healthier (estimated) 13% increase in revenue, thanks to modestly higher ASPs. Sequentially, the quarter’s volume dipped 7.1%, but that's less of a decline than Q1's typical, historical slide (or at least comparable).

A continued string of bullish results provide more evidence of the different characteristics of the workstation market leading to the contrast in the broader PC-based marketplace. Where mainstream PC buyers are increasingly reaching “good enough” levels of computing with current PCs or alternative devices, lengthening replacement cycles, buyers of workstations continue to value generation-to-generation incremental improvements in features and improvements, with expectations of increasing productivity. 


Among top-tier vendors, Dell and HP ticked up slightly to 41.6% and 39.6%, respectively, with Lenovo taking a step back from 17.6% to 16.6%.

Providing the most comprehensive look at the workstation market available, the JPR Workstation Report Market Quarterly for Q1’18 delves into breadth and depth across all slices of the workstation and professional GPU markets, including:

  • Complete breakdown of traditional workstation market by units and revenue, and across product classes (mobile/entry/mid/high), platforms (mobile/entry/mid/high), geography and vendors
  • Workstation market forecast
  • Complete breakdown of workstation GPU market by units and revenue, across product classes and vendors
  • Breakdown of workstation market by vertical
  • Analysis and sizing of the impact of Apple platforms versus Windows/Linux workstations
  • Analysis and sizing of the impact of emerging workstation virtualization (in its multiple forms)
  • Analysis and sizing the impact of Intel's CPU-integrated graphics

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