The workstation market maintains its pace in Q1’17

Posted by Robert Dow on June 5th 2017 | Discuss
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Given their common foundation in silicon and system technologies, it’s tempting to lump workstations in with their corporate and consumer PC siblings. But equating the two markets will lead to very erroneous conclusions, as the workstation’s users, demands, applications and markets exhibit very different characteristics than those of mainstream PCs.

The workstation does not suffer from the forces that have been dragging on the PC market as of late. PC buyers today find it tougher to justify replacement purchases, while being enticed to use other devices as their primary means of connectivity and personal computing. Neither is true for the bulk of workstation buyers, as each new generation of products continues to return positive ROI, improving productivity that could not be achieved with the previous generation nor any alternative device. No, workstations aren’t PCs, and vendors are justifiably more confident to hang their hats on the workstation business.

Posting year-over-year growth of 22.5% in the first quarter of 2017, the workstation market looks to be sustaining its robust march forward. Almost always down from the historically strong fourth quarter, the first quarter is not always the best bellwether to judge overall market health. Given that disclaimer, however, Q1'17 results indicate a quarter in line with the generally bullish run the market's experienced in recent quarters. 

The triumvirate of Dell, HP and Lenovo contribute the lion’s share of workstation shipments, along with a large secondary tier of suppliers, including Fujitsu and NEC. Dell and HP continue to sustain their joint leadership, while Lenovo has made steady gains over time, particularly in their home market, China. 
Providing the most comprehensive look at the workstation market available, the JPR Workstation Report Market Quarterly for Q1’17 delves into breadth and depth across all slices of the workstation and professional GPU market, including:

  • Complete breakdown of traditional workstation market by units and revenue, and across product classes (mobile/entry/mid/high), platforms (mobile/entry/mid/high) and geography
  • Workstation market forecast
  • Complete breakdown of workstation GPU market by units and revenue, and across product classes
  • 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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