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Enterprise client device shipments touch 1.6 Million units in Q4, 2013


FRAMINGHAM, USA: As stated by the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, followed by worldwide thin client and terminal client device shipments summed 1.6 million units in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 (4Q13), demonstrating  an increase of 17.4 percent from the previous quarter and 11.7 percent higher than IDC’s forecast for the quarter.

Shipments for the full year 2013 were 5.5 million units, representing 3.3 percent year-over-year growth. The forecast for fiscal 2014 is for shipments to reach 5.9 million units, representing 7.4 percent year-over-year growth. By 2018, these devices are expected to reach 8.9 million units shipped worldwide.

“In the fourth quarter, Asia/Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) led the worldwide enterprise client device market to its highest levels ever in unit volume with 30.5 percent and 20.3 percent quarter-over-quarter growth, respectively. The vendors that contributed the most to the record gains were Centerm and HP,” alleged Jennifer Song, research analyst, Worldwide Trackers.

Supplementing that – “IDC expects that the Asia/Pacific region will eventually capture the largest share of the worldwide market, growing its share from 33.6 percent in 2013 to 39.4 percent in 2018. The top three countries leading the region’s future growth will be China, Japan, and India.”

Technology Highpoints

Thin Clients persist to make up the vast majority (93.6 percent) of enterprise client devices and saw an increase of 14.4 percent from the previous quarter. Terminal clients doubled in volume in the fourth quarter to 103,000 units.

The standalone form factor constitutes the largest segment of the overall market at 91.5 percent share. For the mobile form factor, 52.4 percent of the worldwide share is concentrated in Japan. Thin clients with LCD are leading in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) with 64.5 percent of the worldwide cut.

Thin Clients without operating systems (zero clients) now hold 26.8 percent stake among the thin client segment, which is an increase of 47.2 percent from the preceding year. Windows Embedded OS thin clients stand the largest at 40.7 percent share.

Vendor Highlights

HP – HP endured to rank number 1 in 4Q13 with 26.9 percent worldwide market share. This quarter, they ranked first in six out of eight regions.

DellWyse – Whereas Dell held the number 2 position with 21.3 percent worldwide market stake in 4Q13, it rests as the number one vendor in the Americas with 34.7 percent share, where it holds the top rank in the United States with 38.3 percent share.

NComputing -NComputing notched third in worldwide market share at 14.8 percent share in 4Q13. Regardless of having no shipments in China, NComputing remained the top vendor in APeJ. Terminal clients represent 38.5 percent of its total unit volume, which helped it to reach this top position.

Centerm – Within the thin client category, Centerm holds the number 1 position in the APeJ market for 4Q13, with 33.8 percent regional share due to being the leading vendor in China with 53.3 percent local share.

Igel – Igel saw its biggest growth this quarter with an increase of 24.1 percent from the previous quarter, after seeing a small decrease in the third quarter. It still had a strong 47.9 percent year-over-year increase at the worldwide level. 84.3 percent of its shipments are concentrated in Western Europe.


Jawed Akhtar

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