APeJ Overtakes US As Largest Market For Enterprise Client Devices In 3Q13

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, worldwide thin client and terminal client device shipments totaled 1.38 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), an increase of 8.5 percent from the previous quarter and 2.8 percent lower than IDC's forecast for the quarter. IDC expects shipments for the full year to be 5.31 million units, representing 0.2 percent year-over-year growth. However, the forecast for 2014 is for shipments to reach 5.86 million units, representing 10.5 percent year-over-year growth. By 2017, these devices are expected to reach 8.01 million units shipped worldwide.

"In the third quarter, the United States was eclipsed by Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) as the largest region for enterprise client devices. APeJ now holds 28.5 percent share of the worldwide market, with the U.S. trailing closely with 27.0 percent share. The reason for this growth in APeJ came from China, which grew 32.0 percent from previous quarter," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers. "IDC believes that cost reduction as well as the easier endpoint management that desktop virtualisation provides will continue to drive thin client growth, with VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) replacing old PCs. We also expect to see more mobile virtualisation applications. For the remainder of the year, although companies see value in VDI, pilot programs are beginning to roll out slowly. In 2014, VDI adoption should accelerate among enterprise firms."

Technology Highlights

Thin Clients continue to make up the vast majority (96 percent) of enterprise client devices and saw an increase of 11 percent from the previous quarter. In contrast, terminal clients declined by 30 percent.

The standalone form factor constitutes the largest segment of the overall market at 90 percent share. For the mobile form factor, 60 percent of the worldwide share is concentrated in Japan.

Thin clients with LCD are dominant in APeJ, the United States, and Western Europe.

Thin Clients without operating systems (zero clients) now hold 32 percent share among the thin client segment, which is an increase of 22 percent from the previous quarter. Windows Embedded OS thin clients are the largest at 40 percent share.

Vendor Highlights

HP – HP continued to rank number 1 in 3Q13 with 28.0 percent worldwide market share. This quarter, they ranked first in four out of eight regions.

DellWyse – While Dell held the number 2 position with 22.7 percent worldwide market share in 3Q13, it remains the number one vendor in the U.S. with 37.1 percent share. This quarter, the company also saw big gains in China and is now ranked as the number 2 vendor in that country.

NComputing –NComputing ranks third in worldwide market share at 15.9 percent share in 3Q13. Despite having no shipments in PRC, NComputing remained the top vendor in APeJ and Latin America. This quarter, they also ranked first in Middle East & Africa.

Centerm – Centerm holds the number 2 position in the APeJ market for 3Q13, with 20.1 percent share in that region. However, it is the leading vendor in China with 42.2 percent local share.

Igel – Igel saw a slight decline this quarter with a decrease of 1.5 percent from previous quarter, after seeing steady gains for the previous five quarters. It still had a strong 20.8 percent year-over-year increase at the worldwide level. 89 percent of its shipments are concentrated in Western Europe.

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Updated Date: Feb 03, 2017 00:18:27 IST