Research by information technology research and advisory firm, Gartner, has found that in the fourth quarter of 2011 sales of servers dropped by 5.4 per cent - due to the Thailand floods disrupting computer hard disk drives supplies.
The total number of servers shipped during the Q4 of 2011 globally was 2.5 million units, but a number of server manufacturers failed to meet the growing demands due to the floods. According to research vice president at Gartner, Jeffrey Hewitt, shipping "fell short of demand" by approximately 200,000 units.
Hewitt further commented that the negative impact of this server shortage will go on during the first quarter of 2012, but growth can be expected later this year.
The firm also reported that during this quarter, both HP and IBM held on to the titles of the world's largest computer suppliers despite their share of the $13.9 billion market declining whilst Dell gained.
IBM went from 35.4 per cent down to 33.7 per cent with HP dropping from 30.3 to 26.9 per cent, however, Dell managed to improve from 13.1 per cent to 14.8 per cent, reported San Francisco Chronicle.