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Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Shipments Reach a New High of 1.6 Million Units in the Fourth Quarter of 2013, According to IDC
[March 17, 2014]

Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Shipments Reach a New High of 1.6 Million Units in the Fourth Quarter of 2013, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, worldwide thin client and terminal client device shipments totaled 1.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), an increase of 17.4% from the previous quarter and 11.7% higher than IDC's (News - Alert) forecast for the quarter. Shipments for the full year 2013 were 5.5 million units, representing 3.3% year-over-year growth. The forecast for 2014 is for shipments to reach 5.9 million units, representing 7.4% year-over-year growth. By 2018, these devices are expected to reach 8.9 million units shipped worldwide.

"In the fourth quarter, Asia/Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) led the worldwide enterprise client device market to its highest levels ever in unit volume with 30.5% and 20.3% quarter-over-quarter growth, respectively. The vendors that contributed the most to the record gains were Centerm and HP," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers. "IDC expects that the Asia/Pacific region will eventually capture the largest share of the worldwide market, growing its share from 33.6% in 2013 to 39.4% in 2018. The top three countries leading the region's future growth will be China, Japan, and India."

Technology Highlights

  • Thin Clients continue to make up the vast majority (93.6%) of enterprise client devices and saw an increase of 14.4% from the previous quarter. Terminal clients doubled in volume in the fourth quarter to 103,000 units.
  • The standalone form factor constitutes the largest segment of the overall market at 91.5% share. For the mobile form factor, 52.4% of the worldwide share is concentrated in Japan. Thin clients with LCD are dominant in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ) with 64.5% of the worldwide share.
  • Thin Clients without operating systems (zero clients) now hold 26.8% share among the thin client segment, which is an increase of 47.2% from the previous year. Windows Embedded OS thin clients are the largest at 40.7% share.

Vendor Highlights

  • HP - HP continued to rank number 1 in 4Q13 with 26.9% worldwide market share. This quarter, they ranked first in six out of eight regions.
  • DellWyse - While Dell (News - Alert) held the number 2 position with 21.3% worldwide market share in 4Q13, it remains the number one vendor in the Americas with 34.7% share, where it holds top rank in the United States with 38.3% share.
  • NComputing -NComputing ranks third in worldwide market share at 14.8% share in 4Q13. Despite having no shipments in China, NComputing remained the top vendor in APeJ. Terminal clients represent 38.5% of its total unit volume, which helped it to achieve this top position.
  • Centerm - Within the thin client category, Centerm holds the number 1 position in the APeJ market for 4Q13, with 33.8% regional share due to being the leading vendor in China with 53.3% local share.
  • Igel - Igel saw its biggest growth this quarter with an increase of 24.1% from the previous quarter, after seeing a small decrease in the third quarter. It still had a strong 47.9% year-over-year increase at the worldwide level. 84.3% of its shipments are concentrated in Western Europe.

Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Unit Shipments, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Fourth Quarter 2013

Vendors       4Q13 Unit Shipments       4Q13 Market Share       4Q12 Unit Shipments       4Q12 Market Share       4Q13/4Q12 Growth
1. HP       434,696       26.9%       397,103       28.1%       9.5%
2. DellWyse       344,261       21.3%       329,880       23.3%       4.4%
3. NComputing       239,701       14.8%       156,916       11.1%       52.8%
4. Centerm       148,577       9.2%       105,305       7.4%       41.1%
5. Igel       66,788       4.1%       45,160       3.2%       47.9%
All Vendors       1,618,970       100%       1,414,154       100%       14.5%

Source (News - Alert): IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, Q4 2013.

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic illustrating the regional share of worldwide ECD shipments over the 2012-2018 forecast period is available here. Instructions on how to embed this graphic into online news articles and social media can be found by viewing this press release on

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About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. In 2014, IDC celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing strategic insights to help clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting

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