Shortage of Intel processors impacted demand for global PC shipments in 1Q19: Analysts

According to market analysts Gartner and IDC, the global demand for personal computers (PC) shipments declined in the first quarter of 2019.

Both the analysts indicated that the PC shipments around the world totalled 58.5 million units during the quarter. While Gartner says that it is a decline of 4.6% from the first quarter last year, IDC indicated a 3% decline.

“We saw the start of a rebound in PC shipments in mid-2018, but anticipation of a disruption by CPU shortages impacted all PC markets as vendors allocated to the higher-margin business and Chromebook segment,” said Mikako Kitagawa, senior principal analyst at Gartner.

“While the consumer market remained weak, the mix of product availability may have also hindered demand. In contrast, Chromebook shipments increased by double digits compared with the first quarter of 2018, despite the shortage of entry-level CPUs. Including Chromebook shipments, the total worldwide PC market decline would have been 3.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019.”

The analysts said that there was a shortage of Intel processors, which contributed to the shrinkage in the first quarter. However, the market still performed better than expected.

“Desktop PCs were surprisingly resilient as the commercial segment helped drive a refresh during the quarter,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC’s Mobile Device Trackers. “Capitalizing on this refresh cycle, the top vendors – HP, Lenovo, and Dell – each increased their year-over-year volume and captured additional share in the desktop PC market.”

Both Gartner and IDC placed HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Apple among the top four PC vendors, but the rankings varied.

As per Gartner, Lenovo, HP, and Dell together held a 61.5% market share in the first quarter of 2019, compared to 56.9% in the first quarter of 2018.

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IDC reported that more PC brands opted for AMD chips, and turned to Windows 10 migration. This led the market from traditional PCs to commercial and premium products. The reason behind users shifting to Windows 10 is because Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 next year.

Although, there are slight differences between the stats by Gartner and IDC, but the numbers aren’t too dissimilar.


IDC recognizes innovators in relational database software market 2018

IDC (International Data Corporation) has recognized Clustrix, Cockroach Labs, NuoDB, and Splice Machine as the IDC Innovators for dynamically scalable and alterable relational database software in 2018.

The emerging vendors which generate over $100 million revenue, and have demonstrated either an innovative business model or technology, are considered as the IDC Innovators.

Relational database management systems (RDBMS) are a group of programs that allow enterprises to create, update, administer and interact with a relational database. The enterprise-grade RDBMS generally use SQL to access the database.

The RDBMS helps enterprises to gain flexibility and scalability in the technologies they use. It enhances the utility for complex analysis of real-time data, and supports analytics transaction processing (ATP). The ATP is a combination of online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP).

According to IDC, the technologies built by the IDC innovators provide all the benefits expected by RDBMS, and additionally provide support for dynamic resource and dynamic schema change, and extension of databases across several clusters and regions.

“It is often stated as an article of faith that relational databases can’t scale, but there is nothing about the concept of relational databases that supports that assertion,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president for Data Management Software at IDC. “A new class of RDBMSs has overcome the flexibility and scalability obstacles and also supports dynamically adding or removing resources such as processor capacity (nodes) and storage or making dynamic schema changes without interrupting database operations.”

Clustrix is known for its scale-out database called ClustrixDB that scales the database horizontally by adding cores and servers using a shared-nothing architecture. It moves the query to the data, rather than moving data to the query.

Cockroach Labs provides the SQL database for cloud services through CockroachDB. The CockroachDB helps companies to simplify the process of running a distributed database by automatically scaling, rebalancing, and repairing data.

Whereas, NuoDB is an elastic SQL database company for hybrid cloud applications. The NuoDB database system can run on containers, virtual machines, and across on-premises, public and hybrid cloud environments.

Splice Machine is disrupting the traditional database world with a hybrid data platform that unifies streaming, analytics and transactions in a single relational database system, removing latency, cost and complexity from supporting modern big data applications.

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SM- Clustrix, Cockroach Labs, NuoDB and Splice Machine recognized as innovators by IDC in relational database software.

Hosting News

CtrlS Joins International Data Center Group

CtrlS, Indian colocation provider CtrlS (, made an announcement this week that it has joined the International Data Center Group (, an organization of data center operators across the globe.

With this, CtrlS becomes the 14th alliance member of the UK-based global data center organization.

The London-based IDC-G is a partnership of high-end data center operators around the world under a single, unified brand, according to the press release.

The handpicked members of the IDC-G alliance are “carrier-neutral and among the preeminent players in their respective national markets, with a strong focus on operations quality”.

Ctrl operates APAC’s first and only EPI certified Tier IV data center in High-tech City Facility in Hyderabad, India.

The company offers data center services and solutions to over 1,500 large and medium enterprises, including colocation, managed services, dedicated hosting, email hosting, disaster recovery, and cloud computing.

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“The critical importance of India as a strategic market, for any young-and-ambitious or already-well-established companies, just cannot be emphasized enough,” said Guy Willner, executive chairman of International Data Centre Group. “Why CtrlS? It’s the best carrier-neutral datacenter in this massive market. We are extremely delighted to have CtrlS on board and looking forward to exciting deals and investments, locally and globally speaking.”