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High-end storage tanked, but 'HDPA' storage about to soar says IDC

Box-counter IDC recently decreed that 2014's first quarter was a shocker for high-end storage sales, but also predicts things are looking up in storage used for what it now calls “high performance data analysis” (HPDA). IDC's veep for HPC and data analysis Steve Conway puts HDPA in a little perspective with a canned quote …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2014

IDC busts out new converged systems charts, crowns Oracle as Platform King

IDC's numerical navel-gazers have delved into integrated systems and found out that Oracle's engineered systems are crapping all over everybody else and FlexPod is winning out over VCE. The IDC quants separate out Integrated platforms, like Oracle's engineered systems, from Integrated infrastructures, like VCE's Vblocks. Here's …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2014
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Android tablets to outsell laptops by 2017: IDC

Hot on the heels of news that the PC market is withering before our collective eyes, box-counter IDC has emitted data suggesting the tablet market is also slowing down. The news isn't all bad, as can be seen in the graph below and its prediction that nearly 400 million slabs of various sizes will sell each year by 2017. But …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Dec 2013
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IDC: Cloud really WILL save melting economy, just like the EU said

Only regulatory intervention by the EU will give punters the necessary comfort to dive into the cloud. Or so says beancounter IDC, in a study commissioned by the, er, EC, just weeks after the EC itself said it plans to cobble together industry standards across its 27 member states. The analyst "modelled" different scenarios and …
Paul Kunert, 22 Oct 2012
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IDC: Sluggish China to pinch global IT spending this year

The IT market is tightening its belt again, say the prognosticators at IDC. A slowdown in spending in China has made them go back and re-examine their forecasts for spending on hardware, software, telecom, and services for the coming year and out to 2017. While this is nothing like the massive cuts seen during the Great …
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IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

The latest data on smartphone sales from analyst house IDC shows an increase in the reach of the global Android/iOS operating system duopoly, with RIM and Microsoft left squabbling over the scraps. "The dominance of Android and Apple reached a new watermark in the fourth quarter," said Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's …
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2013
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IDC: Biz to splurge $70bn on 'analytics services' by 2016

A dearth of heavy-duty analytics talent means enterprise customers are turning to channel folk to make sense of their data. So say bean-counters IDC, who forecast that by 2016 some $70.8bn will be spent on analytics services, a compound annual growth rate of 14.3 per cent for the next half a decade. And IT service providers …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2013
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PC market to spend ANOTHER year soaked in blood, warns IDC

The invasion of tablets, a lack of momentum for Windows 8 and tight household and business budgets will ensure the global PC market bleeds for another year. According to IDC estimates, as a result of falling demand, shipments into the technology distribution channel will decline in 2013 for the second consecutive year, falling 1 …
Paul Kunert, 06 Mar 2013

Windows 8 has put the world's PC market to sleep - IDC

The global PC market is dwindling, and Windows 8 could be to blame, according to the beancounters at IDC. The analyst firm released its rundown of global PC shipments on Tuesday, and the year-on-year double digit decline blows a cold wind for traditional PC makers like Dell and HP, and OS-slinger Microsoft. "It seems clear that …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2013
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Server racket 'challenging' in Q1, says IDC

It is not a fun time to be peddling servers, but it is probably a great time to be buying them, according to the box-counting wizards at IDC. Both server revenues and shipments were down in the first quarter, marking the fifth of the past six quarters where revenues took a dip. There are so many different kinds of transitions …

IDC: Outsourcing sector needs rescue fund for cloudy customers

The outsourcing industry should develop a voluntary crisis fund to give protection to customers should their services provider hit the wall. This was proposed by IDC in light of 2e2's recent high profile collapse that left some customers scrambling for alternative suppliers, and highlighted the pitfalls of outsourcing. One …
Paul Kunert, 15 Feb 2013

IDC: Trying to flog PCs? It's not going to happen

Market analyst IDC now expects fewer PCs will be sold in 2012 than it had earlier predicted. The box-counter has also revised down its estimate for PC sales over the next four years. The world-wide PC market for desktops and portables will grow just 0.9 per cent during 2012, 367 million units, as mid-year shipments slow down, …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2012
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Google's Android 'let down' sinks iPad rivals - IDC

UK punters' love affair with the iPad shows no sign of abating after figures revealed Apple accounted for nearly four out of five fondleslabs sold into channels last quarter. More than 1.2 million tablets were flogged to disties, retailers and vendors' stores in Q4, up 91 per cent year-on-year, with iOS accounting for 79 per …
Paul Kunert, 07 Mar 2012
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HP says Gartner's wrong, IDC's right, on PC sales data

HP has taken the very unusual step of issuing commentary on IDC's latest PC sales data, which says the PC market is now nearly a tie between HP and Lenovo. That assessment is in marked contrast to Gartner's most recent effort on the same topic, which has Lenovo at number one. Both analysts' data make for ugly reading. IDC's …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Oct 2012
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HP storage revenue downturn? It's just a 'kink', says exec

HP's first calendar 2014 quarter storage revenue downturn was a blip, according to the global head of its enterprise group – though analysts at IDC may not agree. Bill Veghte, exec veep and GM of HP's Enterprise Group, was speaking about the calendar Q1 numbers that co-incide with HP's second fiscal quarter. He told us the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Aug 2014

Sluggish Cisco damping Ethernet market, say kit-counters

The bread-and-butter enterprise networking market, Ethernet switches and routers, had a dreadful first quarter in 2014, but just how bad depends on which analyst you listen to. IDC says the Q1 value was $US5.2 billion, while Dell'Oro Group was a little more pessimistic, putting it at $US5 billion. The two companies estimates of …
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IDC: A year of server revenue declines

Server unit shipments may have increased for eleven out of the past twelve quarters, but what matters more are revenues and profits – and according to IDC, the world's server makers have endured their fourth successive quarter of revenue declines in the period ending in September. The IDC box counters reckon that 2.1 million …
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Clingy fondleslab owners TORPEDO industry forecasts

With tablet owners keeping their devices longer and passing older models on to friends and family, industry analysts ave been forced to rethink their ambitious predictions for market growth. Research firm IDC says that it has lowered its 2014 forecast for the tablet market after researchers found that in many cases users were …
Shaun Nichols, 29 May 2014
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Is it THE END OF BIG DATA? Quarta Horribilis for high-end storage

IDC has just revealed one of the worst storage quarters for a couple of years as buyers went on a high-end storage strike. There's been a quite spectacular slump in the storage business in the first 2014 quarter, according to the beancounters' Storage Tracker. Notwithstanding the digital-universe-drowning-us-in-Big-Data …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2014
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IDC: Google needs DEEP tablet price slash to crack Apple

Google must work closely with the fondleslab makers to slash prices if it is to loosen Apple's strangehold on the market. Or so says research analyst IDC, armed with data showing that the iPad accounted for three-quarters of the 1 million tablet devices shipped into the UK during Q3. "Apple has tight control of the platform and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2011
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IDC slashes PC sales forecast for 2011

IDC today nearly halved its worldwide PC shipment growth forecast for 2011 on the back of continued sluggish consumer demand in mature markets. The analysis house projected yearly growth of 7.1 per cent back in February but has downgraded this to just 4.2 per cent following a weak Q1 when sales slipped 1.1 per cent with the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2011
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NetApp loses ground again in IDC's Storage Tracker

NetApp has lost ground for the second quarter in succession, Dell is pretty flat and HP growing steadily. These are the headlines from IDC's quarterly storage tracker for external disk storage. The tracker looks at worldwide external dusk storage systems factory revenue and IDC ranks suppliers, giving them tied positions if …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2011

The END of the FONDLESLAB KINGS? Apple and Samsung have reason to FEAR

The two traditional kingpins of the tablet market may soon be hearing the footsteps of competitors gaining on them as both Apple and Samsung have lost market share in the latest report from IDC. The research firm said in its Quarterly Tablet Tracker report that the likes of Lenovo and ASUS picked up market share in the last …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Jul 2014
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Tablet boom quiets down a bit as growth slows

The meteoric rise in tablet sales could be tapering off a bit as analysts at IDC saw quarterly shipments fall short of forecasts. The research firm estimates that that while the market maintained positive growth over the same period last year, a number of top vendors saw both their shipment volumes and market shares take a hit …
Shaun Nichols, 01 May 2014
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Storage software sales flatlining: Biz bods getting theirs in bundled deals

IDC's storage software beancounters saw a smidgen of growth in the storage software market in the third quarter, with bright spots in data protection and management. The data comes from IDC's Worldwide Storage Software QView, from which IDC releases headline info. If you want any more detail, like data segmentations by vendor, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2013
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Will IBM System x sink without trace before Lenovo can grab the helm?

It's squeaky bottom time for Lenovo execs waiting to get their hands on IBM's System X division, as Big Blue's sales train continues to head south, making sporadic station stops at Double Digit Declines-ville and Commodity Central. IBM's server biz continued to fall from grace in the first calendar quarter of 2014, with Gartner …
Paul Kunert, 29 May 2014
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Brit PC market out of intensive care thanks to XP, falling prices

The PC market is gradually on the mend after the bloodiest period in its history when businesses sweated their assets, consumers bought tabs and costly excess stock swilled around the channel. Sales went up by mid-single digits in Q1 as UK shoppers in the commercial sectors began to spend on traditional systems again, said …
Paul Kunert, 05 Jun 2014

Apple to maintain phone profit lead through years of 'enormous transition' – report

Some observers have said that the high-profit party is over for Apple's iPhone now that the global smartphone market is becoming saturated, but the market researchers at IDC would beg to disagree. IDC projections of smartphone average selling prices through 2018 – graph There are low-cost Android phones and expensive ones – but …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Feb 2014
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EMEA computer shipments flat in final quarter of 2010, says IDC

The PC market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the final quarter of last year was flat, according to research outfit IDC. In a report published this week, it found that big corporate firms were slowly starting to spend on IT and replace old kit, but added that SMEs continued to struggle with very tight budgets in Q4 2010 …
Team Register, 21 Jan 2011
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HP overtakes NetApp in IDC rankings

NetApp's long run of growth could be slowing; IDC's quarterly storage tracker shows a resurgent HP overtaking it in worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenue. IDC's numbers for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2010 list EMC in top position with a 26 per cent share of the revenue at $1,582m, IBM is second with a 16.3 per …
Chris Mellor, 07 Mar 2011
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IDC warns resellers of ticking cloud time bomb

IDC has warned resellers that migration to public and private clouds is happening more rapidly than expected, and they need to gear up for it or risk becoming irrelevant. Figures out today show that early adopters forked out $560m (£345m) on cloud professional services worldwide last year, but by 2015 the number cruncher …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2011
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014
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Hey doc, what's the PC's prognosis? A. Long-term growth below zero

The worldwide PC market suffered the "most severe contraction on record" in 2013, which means it is doing better than expected, analyst house IDC said on Tuesday. PC and laptop shipments declined by 9.8 per cent in 2013, the firm revealed – and it projected further year-on-year declines through to 2014. 315 million PCs and …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2014

Do NOT adjust your set, viewers: UK server sales are GROWING

There was some welcome respite for hard pressed server box pedlars during Q1 as private and public sector organisations queued up to spend again, bringing to a close several quarters of declining market revenues. The latest numbers from IDC show the UK generated server sales of $420m (£250.7m) in the first quarter of 2014, up …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2014
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Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite

Analyst firm IDC has released a study titled the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” that offers a guess at how many people are what it calls “ICT-skilled workers”. The definition is a bit floppy, with IDC suggesting it covers “professional and hobbyist software developers and information and …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2013
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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

The end of support for the Windows XP operating system has triggered a jump in sales, bringing a rare bit of good news for PC vendors. Research firm Gartner found that PC sales in the first quarter of 2014 are down 1.7 per cent over the same period last year. While still showing decline, the figure points to a possible rebound …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2014

Analysts: Bright future for smartphones, tablets, wearables

Three recent reports point to a glowing future for smartphones, tablets, and that nascent and still somewhat ill-defined category known as "wearables." There has been talk recently among some of the chattering classes that smartphone growth may be stalling, but the analysts at Strategy Analytics see things differently. "The …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Apr 2014
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Smartmobe market tops ONE BEEELION a year for first time

Market-watcher IDC says humanity managed to crank out 1.8 billion mobile phones last year, and 1,004.2 million of them were smartphones. That's more than double 2011's sales of 494m smartphones. IDC's sums come from its Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, which in the fourth quarter of 2013 suggests 284m smartphones were …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2014
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Bring your own device – as long as it's Microsoft

Nokia Lumia 630 Windows Phone We attended a Microsoft conference in London earlier this month, along with 200 senior execs, to find out more about Windows Phone 8.1, the company’s big play to get customers to buy into its enterprise mobility story. At the same time we were treated to the UK debut of the Nokia Lumia 630, the …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jun 2014

Spinning rust woes: NetApp bumps along bottom while EMC soars

IDC’s quarterly disk storage factory shipments tracker shows NetApp losing ground for three quarters in a row while EMC powers on to storage glory. Dell is down too. What’s up? The impressive growth performance of NetApp has stopped according to IDC, whose tracker looks at external disk and total disk storage factory revenues …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014

THE HORROR: Bloody SLAB sales slash fest forecast for 2013

Just days after chopping sales forecasts for the PC market, analysts at IDC have taken the knife to shipment estimates for fondleslabs. Around 1.7 million fewer devices are expected to find a loving home this year. Slabs are now under fire from larger smartphones, said IDC, but it is also expecting wearable web-surfing devices …
Paul Kunert, 30 Aug 2013

PC market staging a RECOVERY. (Only joking, it's through the floor)

IDC is forecasting that the technology channel will buy in around 34 million fewer PCs this year than last, and the bad news for anyone making a crust in that sector is that things aren't going to improve any time soon. There will be no let-up on any front, with desktops and portables predicted to decline in both the mature and …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

The numbers are in: EMC still ruling storage LIKE A BOSS

It's that time again: another round of IDC's quarterly storage tracker figures. The total disk storage market has gone down 5 per cent on an annual compare, dragged down by falling server sales. The external storage (networked disk array) market has gone down just 0.8 per cent, showing the effect of server drag on direct-attach …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2013
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PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked. An eye watering $2tn was splashed on tech last year, including $1tn on hardware, but IDC has already pegged back …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

As many as 20 cloud titans that order servers by the container load are fixed in HP's server team's sights – as a joint venture between contract manufacturer Foxconn and the PC giant begins. The duo's alliance was forged last week: the aim is to give HP a better shot at competing against Taiwanese assembly lines that churn out …
Paul Kunert, 07 May 2014

Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

Windows 7 beat Windows 8.x in trench-war battle for growing market share in November. Netmarketshare stats for the month found Windows 7 had increased its share of desktops from 46.42 to 46.64 per cent of machines. This meant it outpaced the Windows 8.x family, which gained just 0.05 per cent. Windows 8 fell from 7.53 per cent …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Dec 2013
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Office 365 Microsoft's fastest growing business, ever - Microsoft

Office 365 is the “fastest growing business” in Microsoft’s history, the software giant has claimed. Microsoft reckons it has seen a 150 per cent increase in the number of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) adopting Office 365 in the last year. Windows Azure, the company’s alternative to Amazon’s public cloud, now has …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jan 2014
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Apple BIGGEST LOSER in Blighty's Battle of Fondlers

A tear in the space time continuum caused slab sales growth to slip in Q3 – or perhaps it was just that retailers and distributors decided to order fewer ageing devices ahead of planned product refreshes. It is indeed more likely the second issue: limited tablet shipments into the UK channel meant that we saw just 2.63 million …
Paul Kunert, 19 Nov 2013
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A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures. The latest IDC data shows some 606,000 systems were sold across the region in the final three months of 2013, up 13.2 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma. According to the bean counters at IDC, 26.7 million traditional portables and desktop were sold into EMEA channels during Q4, some 6.4 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014

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