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Asia/Pacific (Excluding Japan) Overtakes United States as the Largest Market for Enterprise Client Devices in the Third Quarter, According to IDC

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% from the previous quarter and 2.8% lower than IDC's forecast for the quarter. IDC expects shipments for the full year to be 5.31 million units, representing 0.2% year-over-year growth. However, the forecast for 2014 is for shipments to reach 5.86 million units, representing 10.5% 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% share of the worldwide market, with the U.S. trailing closely with 27.0% share. The reason for this growth in APeJ came from China, which grew 32.0% from previous quarter," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers. "IDC believes that cost reduction as well as the easier endpoint management that desktop virtualization provides will continue to drive thin client growth, with VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) replacing old PCs. We also expect to see more mobile virtualization 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%) of enterprise client devices and saw an increase of 11% from the previous quarter. In contrast, terminal clients declined by 30%.
  • The standalone form factor constitutes the largest segment of the overall market at 90% share. For the mobile form factor, 60% 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% share among the thin client segment, which is an increase of 22% from the previous quarter. Windows Embedded OS thin clients are the largest at 40% share.

Vendor Highlights

  • HP – HP continued to rank number 1 in 3Q13 with 28.0% 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% worldwide market share in 3Q13, it remains the number one vendor in the U.S. with 37.1% 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% 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% share in that region. However, it is the leading vendor in China with 42.2% local share.
  • Igel – Igel saw a slight decline this quarter with a decrease of 1.5% from previous quarter, after seeing steady gains for the previous five quarters. It still had a strong 20.8% year-over-year increase at the worldwide level. 89% of its shipments are concentrated in Western Europe.

Worldwide Enterprise Client Device Unit Shipments, Market Share, and YoY Growth, Third Quarter 2013




3Q13 Unit


3Q13 Market


3Q12 Unit


3Q12 Market



1. HP         386,188         28.0%         352,119         28.0%         9.7%
2. DellWyse         313,689         22.7%         307,774         24.4%         1.9%
3. NComputing         219,760         15.9%         171,085         13.6%         28.5%
4. Centerm         79,279         5.7%         78,697         6.2%         0.7%
5. Igel         53,806         3.9%         44,528         3.5%         20.8%
All Vendors         1,379,514         100%         1,259,630         100%         9.5%

Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Client Device Tracker, Q3 2013.

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic illustrating annual shipments of enterprise client devices to emerging and mature markets over the 2012-2017 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 IDC.com.

About IDC Trackers

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About IDC

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