REPORT: IBM Mainframe Leads in Worldwide Revenue Share for $250K Servers, Growing 118 Percent Year-to-Year

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ARMONK, NY - 28 May 2015: IDC reported that IBM (NYSE: IBM) achieved worldwide server factory revenue growth of 66.1 percent year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015 in $250K+ servers. [1]

According to IDC, IBM achieved industry-leading 63.6 percent revenue share in $250K+ servers in the quarter, with z Systems growing 118% year-to-year. [2] IBM's leadership position in the $250K+ server share is evidence of continued momentum for the z Systems. This report builds on IBM's introduction of the z13 in January 2015, a game-changing mainframe built for the digital economy. With the ability to handle 2.5 billion transactions a day, the z13 is built for the skyrocketing growth in mobile transactions where consumers expect to interact with businesses anywhere, anytime through smartphones and mobile devices. The z13 is the first mainframe to process transactions and perform advanced analytics simultaneously, allowing for fraud detection on every transaction. [3]

With the z Systems' marketplace acceptance, a new generation of students is learning mainframe skills through the Master the Mainframe contest.  In its 10th year, more than 74,000 students have participated in the Master the Mainframe program.  In 2016, Master the Mainframe will host its second World Championship.

"During the past 18 months, IBM’s server strategy has undergone a massive transformation as we deepen our investment in high value servers," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president for IBM Systems. "With the introduction of the z13 and the POWER8 processor, it is clear that we are offering clients differentiated products to handle the demands that industry disruptors like cloud, analytics, mobile, social and security put on businesses everyday."



[1] IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2015

[2] IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2015

[3] To qualify, clients will need to install a z13, the latest versions of DB2 and SPSS Scoring Adapter, and follow IBM’s capacity planning implementation instructions and processes. Guarantee will be in place for 1 year aligned with warranty period

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