Server market: HP and IBM slip, Dell and Cisco gain in Q3

The server market share of HP and IBM decreased, while Dell and Cisco gained in Q3 2014, said IDC.

HP’s server market share dipped to 26.5 percent in Q3 2014 from 27.9 percent in Q3 2013, while IBM share nosedived to 18.2 percent from 23.2 percent.

Dell increased server market share to 17.8 percent from 17 percent, while Cisco share jumped to 6.2 percent from 4.9 percent.

Oracle has maintained its server share at 4.1 percent.

The server market increased 4.8 percent to $12.7 billion in the third quarter of 2014, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.

Server market share of HP and IBM in Q3 2014

IDC said server unit shipments rose 5.7 percent to 2.38 million units. The main growth drivers were investments in hyperscale datacenter capacity expansion and server refresh cycle. The refresh will be further accelerated by Microsoft’s announcement that it is ending support for Windows Server 2003, coupled with Intel’s recent release of its Grantley Xeon EP.

“The server market was impacted by the shift to the 3rd Platform and the affect of mobile, cloud, social and big data analytic technologies,” said Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manager, Enterprise Platforms at IDC.


HP’s 0.5 percent revenue decline included improving demand for x86-based ProLiant servers and continued weakness in Itanium-based Integrity server revenue.


IBM server revenue decreased 17.8 percent. Demand for all three IBM server brands – x, Power and z – declined sharply, in advance of October’s divestiture of their x86 server business to Lenovo, coupled with significant technology refresh cycles, which are impacting both Power systems and mainframes.


Dell server revenue increased 9.5 percent. Dell is focused on datacenter transformation solutions that leverage deeper partnerships with leading ISVs.


Cisco’s server revenue increased 31.2 percent, gaining 1.3 points of market share.


Oracle’s server revenue rose 3.4 percent.

Baburajan K
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