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Reviewing the quarter at a product level, standard rack optimized grew 29.0% YoY, led by a strong performance in the U.K. and Germany. Standard multinode shipments grew 251.4% YoY, driven largely by the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands. Custom multinode revenues remained strong, increasing 87.3% YoY. Higher average selling prices across standard and custom servers have driven improved revenues over the quarter. Large systems also performed well, with shipments increasing 48.6% YoY due to major refreshes in Denmark, Italy, France, and Germany.
"The second quarter of 2018 saw the first shipments of EPYC processors in Western Europe. Expectations are that these processors will align more closely to Moore's Law, a factor that will only drive faster adoption in the future," said Eckhardt Fischer, senior research analyst, IDC Western Europe.
"ODM growth has been driven by datacenter buildout of several hyperscale public cloud providers — AWS, Microsoft, Google — in Western Europe. This growth has slowed down somewhat in recent quarters," said Kamil Gregor, senior research analyst, IDC Western Europe. "France is the major exception, with both AWS and Microsoft opening new datacenters around Paris and Marseille. The hyperscalers now focus on diversifying the portfolio of EMEA countries with datacenter presence, which will translate into significant ODM growth in new geographies such as Austria."
Segmenting market performance at a Western European level, many major countries experienced overall shipment declines accompanied by significant increases in average selling prices. As Western Europe's largest market during the quarter, Germany experienced a 14.0% decline in shipments with a 23.2% increase in revenues. The U.K. saw an 8.7% shipment decline and a 29.9% revenue increase, which helped propel overall Western European revenues over the second quarter. U.K. growth was driven by revenue increases for all top 3 vendors, particularly in standard rack optimized and blade performance. Ireland saw a significant revenue boost from a large hyperscale deal, which drove Standard Multi Node revenues to $28.5 million. Spain was the only Western European country to see a revenue decline over the year, due to a major multinode deal in 2Q17 that significantly impacted the country's total spend.
"Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa server revenue increased by 23.3% year over year to $790.1 million in the second quarter of 2018," said Jiri Helebrand, research manager, IDC CEMA. "Strong server sales were primarily the result of undergoing refresh cycles and ODM server shipments. The Central and Eastern Europe subregion grew 33.7% year over year with revenue of $413.7 million. Romania, Poland, and Czech Republic recorded the strongest growth, supported by a solid economic situation in the region and interest in investing to update datacenter infrastructure. The Middle East and Africa subregion grew 13.6% year over year to $376.5 million in 2Q18, somewhat slower compared with WE and CEE, partly due to seasonality and challenges due to weakening local currencies. Qatar was the top performer, benefitting from a large public deal. South Africa and Egypt also recorded solid growth driven by investments in new IT infrastructure to support next-generation applications."