Chromebooks are proving to be a shining beacon of hope amongst all the doom and gloom in the PC market.Q1 2016 financial records estimate that Apple sold roughly 1.76 million Macs while Dell, HP, Acer and Lenovo sold nearly two million Chromebooks in the same amount of time.This is good news for Chromebooks, especially when rumors last November suggested Google was going to abandon its Chrome OS platform.However, consider the reality that users can buy roughly five Chromebooks for the price of one MacBook Air.It also took the combined might of four major PC manufacturers to overpower Mac sales.That said, we'll still happy take this silver lining of news in a world of dwindling PC sales.
The first quarter of 2016 saw Google s Chromebook outsell Macs for the first time.The data, shared by International Data Corporation IDC in a Chromebook session today at I/O, estimated 1.76 million Macs sold in Q1 2016, while Chromebook makers Dell, Lenovo and HP sold nearly 2 million units.In a world with dwindling PC interest, Chromebook s success comes largely from the K-12 community.With multiple models priced under $400, it s an attractive solution to the ever-changing education landscape and the machines are far from their stripped-down predecessors that were mainly glorified netbooks.Today s Chromebook s are capable machines that make a great alternative for enterprise and education segments, all while packing a lot of bang for the buck when you consider they re about a third the price of similar Mac offerings.
Promo The traditional hard disk array market is declining but the flash storage market is recording huge growth, with All Flash Arrays AFAs sales growing over 75 per cent annually and hybrid flash systems seven per cent year-on-year, according to IDC.This shift is affecting buying decisions in all kinds of businesses with the full impact yet to be realised.FLASH FORWARD is a new one-day conference and expo which intends to plug this information gap.Doors open on 14 June 2016 at Kensington Close Hotel, London and entrance is free to IT professionals in the private and public sector using promo code FFLonPCM , and £50 to members of channel companies.Go here to register for FLASH FORWARD.FLASH FORWARD has four strands:Comparative deployment scenarios for flash and SSD technologies – chaired by Carla Arend, Program Director, European Software, IDC EuropeWhere and when to deploy flash and SSD in both SME and enterprise environments – chaired by Randy Kerns, Senior Strategist, Evaluator GroupThe impact of flash and SSD on application performance/deployment – chaired by Chris Evans, co-founder, Langton blue, and founding blogger, Architecting.ITFuture directions and impacts on datacentres and application time to market – chaired by Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The RegisterCheck out the complete agenda for FLASH FORWARD.
A big day for Chomebooks everywhereGoogle has beaten Apple on the laptop sales front for the first time in the United States, according to research house IDC.IDC said this was largely due to the popularity of Chromebooks in US schools, thanks to their low cost and simple operation."Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," IDC analyst Linn Huang was quoted as saying.Indeed, the company has previously estimated that approximately 30,000 Chromebooks are entering US classrooms every day and reaffirmed its commitment to the platform at Google I/O on 19 May, when it announced that it was bringing Android apps to Chromebooks.However, IDC reported that the global PC shipments continued to decline overall, with Europe seeing a double-digit fall.IDC didn't reveal any information on how Chromebooks were performing outside of the US, although Lenovo, HP and Dell all beat Apple on PC shipments on a worldwide basis during the Q1.
BEIJING AP — Chinese tech giant Huawei said Wednesday it has filed patent infringement lawsuits against South Korean mobile phone rival Samsung in the United States and China, in a case that highlights the rise of Asian competitors as technology creators.3 vendor last year and accounted for 8.2 percent of global sales in the first quarter of this year, according to the International Data Corporation.Samsung is the biggest global mobile phone brand, with a 24.5 percent market share in the first quarter, according to IDC.The lawsuits against Samsung cover four patents for mobile devices and eight for networks, according to a Huawei spokesman, Joe Kelly.He said Huawei was not asking the court to restrict sales of Samsung handsets.Huawei says it spent 59.6 billion yuan $9 billion on research and development last year, which government data show is the biggest research budget of any Chinese company.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f96775%2fv5History was made in the first quarter of 2016 as more Chromebooks were shipped in the U.S. than Macs according to market research company International Data Corporation.Sure, less-expensive, non-Mac computers don't offer the same high-end performance that allows you to professionally edit photos and videos, but that's not what most people need in a computer.The numbers are showing that instead of dropping $900 on a laptop with a bunch of features they don't need, people are starting to lean toward the more fiscally responsible option: Chromebooks.With things like cloud storage and web apps ironically put in the spotlight by the iPhone, the need for high-performance computers has gone down.Chromebooks have proven to be very successful in the classroom, IDC's Linn Huang told The Verge, where students don't need to use very demanding applications and programs — the high-performing computers can stick to the computer labs while laptop carts can be filled with less-expensive Chromebooks.Although its 10-inch screen and keyboard can feel a bit cramped, the Flip can convert into a tablet, stand or tent.
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Research firm International Data Corp. slashed its forecast for 2016 global smartphone shipments growth on weakened demand trends in mature markets and China, as well as its expectations that Apple Inc. s annual iPhone volume will drop for the first time.IDC now expects global smartphone volume to increase 3.1% to 1.48 billion units this year, compared with its March projection for an increase of 5.7% to 1.5 billion units.The forecast for 2016 iPhone shipments also weakened, with a decline of 2% projected, compared with IDC s March view for relatively flat iPhone volume.The expected decline is a significant change from past years growth and marks a pivotal moment for the company, IDC said.IDC added that it thinks iPhone shipments could return to growth in 2017, aided by Apple s early trade-in program as well as the lower cost iPhone SE.The research firm also expects 2016 shipments to decline 6.4% in Japan and 6.9% in Canada.
Pic: ShutterstockIDC has issued all-flash array revenue numbers showing EMC is the belle of the AFA ball, with Pure fourth in the market, behind EMC, IBM and HPE, while NetApp and Huawei are wallflowers.The numbers more or less agree with Gartner s all-flash array AFA supplier revenue shares published in April, but differ in detail.However, going by the numbers supplied EMC is walking away with the market and the top six vendors owned 85.4 per cent of the AFA market revenues in 2015, leaving just 14.6 per cent for the others category, which, on the face of it, includes Dell, HDS, Kaminario and Violin Memory.Is IDC doing a Gartner and excluding certain AFA products because they are not exclusively AFA product lines?Secondly, with Huawei mentioned, are we to assume that Dell, HDS, Violin and Kaminario revenues are lower than Huawei's, and they are included in the others category?The raft of NVME over fabrics AFA startups, such as Apeiron, E8 and Mangstor, will be looking for superior array access latency and performance to force their way in.
The International Data Corporation IDC expects that we ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 possibly ending up at around only 3.1-percent.Per IDC s research, certain markets have seen changes in smartphone buying behavior, particularly the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Japan, and China.In regions where phones sales are largely spurred by carriers, there s a big transition from two-year contracts to monthly device payments taking place.IDC anticipates that we'll see continued efforts on the part of companies and carriers to keep the smartphone life cycle at about two years despite the transition from two-year contracts.Things helping ensure relatively regular phone upgrades including early trade-in programs and lower-cost unlocked handsets.If the report is correct, 2016 will be kinder to Android phone makers than to Apple, the latter of which is expected to see a 2-percent year-on-year drop in shipments.
The Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo is seen on servers at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo Alto, CaliforniaThe worldwide server market saw a year-on-year revenue slump of 3.6 percent in the first quarter to US$12.4 billion, after a winning streak of seven quarters of growth, IDC said Wednesday.Those investments are expected to be back in the second half of this year with a pick up in expenditure on servers for existing data centers and the roll out of new ones.Lenovo and Cisco tied for the fourth and fifth position.Demand for high-end systems had a year-over-year revenue decline of 33.4 percent to $1.4 billion, mainly on account of the surge in demand for IBM mainframes last year, IDC said.The Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, had the highest year-on-year revenue growth of 10.2 percent in the quarter.But ARM server chips will starting gaining traction next year, according to a research note from IDC this week.
Pump down the volumeA pause in hyper-scale deployments has triggered the first year-on-year decline in seven quarters for global server shipments and revenues.In essence, Q1 2015 revenues were flattered by a major IBM System z upgrade – which sparked a big customer refresh.IDC breaks down the rest of the global server market – about 32 per cent by revenue – into ODM Direct seven per cent share and revenues down 11 per cent and Others 24.9 per cent .Others is where the giant cloud service providers live as well as fast growing Chinese server makers Inspur and Huawei.This may be the reason for the nine per cent uptick in revenue growth in the quarter, despite the hyperscale sales sluggishness.Despite Q1, hyperscale deployments are the future for most server makers.
Global enterprise storage systems factory revenue dropped 7% year over year to $8.2bn during the first quarter of this year, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise HPE and EMC finishing in a statistical tie for the top position, according to International Data Corporation IDC .IDC declares a statistical tie in the global enterprise storage systems market if there is less than 1% difference in the revenue share of two or more vendors.NetApp held the next position with 7.9% of spending.IDC said IBM and Dell rounded out the top five in a statistical tie with a 7.9% and 6.9% share, respectively.The total all flash array market generated $794.8m in Q1, up 87.4% year over year, and the hybrid flash array segment of the market generated $2.2bn in revenue and 26.5% market share."Spending on server-based storage was up, spending on traditional external arrays continues to decline, while the nature of hyperscale business leads it to fluctuate heavily with that market segment seeing a heavy decline in 1Q16."
IDC expanded:As of Q4/15, Dell and HDS did not have any storage arrays that met our definition of an All Flash Array even though they have all–flash configurations of arrays that we consider to be Hybrid Flash Arrays or HFAs so they are not in the this table of AFA vendor revenues.So we have a Gartner-like exclusion policy operating to classify AFAs that can have disk in their configurations not to be AFAs.Kaminario has much larger revenues than Violin but we are not releasing those publicly they are still a privately held vendor that does not want us to share that data so we collect the data from them to make the overall market revenue accurate but they are not broken out separately – their revenues appear in the Others category.Thanks for the explanation, IDC.That puts NetApp in striking distance of Pure and wouldn't the Kurian clan be pleased, so truly, madly, deeply pleased, to pass Pure next quarter.* Violin's lQ4 2015 quarter was a $10.9m one, indicating a $44m run rate.
Oh, never mindNetApp is now second in the all-flash array market, according to IDC numbers we have been given.The figures show NetApp having $181.1m revenues and a 22.8 per cent share, second to EMC s $245.6m and 30.9 per cent share.In so doing, NetApp has leap-frogged past IBM, HPE and Pure.In turn Pure has climbed up the ranks, being third behind NetApp with $119.1m revenues and a 15 per cent share.HPE is fourth at $98.6m and 12.4 per cent with IBM fifth at $67.4m and 8.5 per cent.No other supplier numbers are broken out in the numbers we have seen.
Windows 10 isn't helping matters either, because lots of people are availing themselves of free Windows 10 upgrades rather than buying a new PC.The firm also says that while a large share of enterprises are evaluating Windows 10, the pace of new PC purchases has not yet stabilized commercial PC shipments.Which sounds like plenty of organisations just aren't pulling the upgrade trigger fast enough to give the PC market a kick."It looks like Windows 10 migration has been the priority in enterprise infrastructure budgets this year," said Mohamed Hefny, program manager in the Virtualization, Systems, and Infrastructure Solutions department of IDC CEMA.Workstations sales are expected to climb 09. per cent in 2016, which is welcome news for the channel because workstation buyers tend to be big IT shops with lots of other requirements.Back to the global PC market, IDC now predicts just 255.6m machines will ship in 2016, of which 103.3m will be desktops.
The prolonged slump of PC shipments will get worse, despite falling sales of both tablets and smartphonesAnalyst house IDC has warned PC shipments will continue to fall, as political uncertainty, currency weakness and depressed commodity prices all take their toll.The forecast makes for grim reading for PC makers, already battered by years of falling sales and tough competition.It seems that falling growth rates for phones and tablets, which could help ease the pressure on the PC market, has not translated into stronger PC shipments.IDC blames financial pressures on customers, coupled with the availability of alternatives for computer users.IDC says that prices and specs for this form factor increasingly compare favourably against notebook PCs.Last month Microsoft backtracked after it was accused of tricking customers into upgrading to Windows 10.
Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics, speaks during the 'Internet of Things: Transforming the Future' conference at the Washington Post Live Conference Center in Washington, DCSamsung will invest $1.2bn £816m in the US over the next four years to boost research, development and start-ups related to the growing Internet of Things IoT market, the company announced.Unveiling its four-year research and development R plan at the "Internet of Things: Transforming the Future" conference in Washington DC, the company said the investment in "human-centred" IoT applications will be split evenly between its own internal R work and related startups.In 2015, the company announced its Artik series, a new line of chips developed specifically for smaller, low-powered IoT devices.Half of the investment will go directly to Samsung's two US research facilities in Silicon Valley to focus on and develop technologies that power IoT devices including products and chips.The International Data Corporation IDC predicts that the global IoT market will be worth $1.7tn by 2020.It's time to imagine the transformative potential of IoT for our societies – and learn how to achieve its human, social benefits at scale".
German manufacturers are pulling ahead of their American counterparts in implementing digital and Internet of Technology solutionsAs the Internet of Things IoT revolution continues to inspire an endless torrent of interconnected gadgets and smart devices, the United States is continuing to ramp up its investments and energy into the lucrative market.However, despite Silicon Valley's ambitious venture into the sector, German manufacturers are powering ahead in implementing digital and IoT solutions compared to their American peers.The report also notes that as global manufacturing rates continue to rise, automated technologies is likely to become a major trend in manufacturing operations within the next decade.According to the International Data Corporation IDC , the global IoT market is expected to be worth $1.7tn by 2020.According to technology research firm Gartner, predicted global spending on IoT security will reach a whopping $348m £239m in 2016, $434m in 2017 and $547m in 2018."The early adopters have set a fast pace for implementation and are building capabilities that will enable them to increase their lead," the report notes.
It's still hugely unclear how the UK's exit from the European Union is going to be managed or if it will even take place , but market-watchers are trying to sketch out how the breakup is likely to impact the tech industry.Analyst IDC said there is a tendency to curb or stop discretionary investments, including non-essential IT investments and projects "very quickly in these types of situation".Their most positive -- but least likely scenario -- has UK tech spending bouncing back by 2017, while under their most pessimistic model, it won't bounce back until 2020.The analyst house has set out three Brexit scenarios.Challenging - 70 percent probabilityThis scenario plots a downward drop in UK GDP, which will see a slight drop in UK IT spending in 2017 and 2018, but demand will recover in 2019 and 2020, and the UK IT market will return to its pre-Brexit levels by 2020.