Dell retains lead in server market ahead of HPE

Server market revenue rose 37.7 percent to $23.4 billion and server shipments grew 18.3 percent to 3.2 million units during the third quarter of 2018 – driven by enterprise refresh cycle and continued demand from cloud service providers.
Server market share chart for Q3 2018
An IDC report said volume server revenue rose 40.2 percent to $20.0 billion, midrange server revenue grew 39.4 percent to $2 billion and high-end systems grew 6.9 percent to $1.3 billion.

Demand for x86 servers surged 41 percent to $21.8 billion. Non-x86 servers grew 3.9 percent to $1.6 billion.

Server growth markets

Asia Pacific excluding Japan +46.5 percent
China +67.1 percent
Japan +14 percent
United States +43.7 percent
EMEA +24.5 percent
Canada +20 percent
Latin America +7.7 percent

“Infrastructure requirements from resource intensive applications support increasingly rich configurations, ensuring average selling prices (ASPs) remain elevated. Hyperscalers continue to upgrade and expand their datacenter capabilities,” said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.

Dell (with 17.5 percent revenue share), HPE (16.3 percent), Inspur (7.3 percent), Lenovo (6.2 percent), IBM (5.1 percent), Huawei (4.5 percent) and Cisco (4.5 percent) are the top suppliers in the server market in Q3 2018.

The ODM Direct group of vendors increased its collective revenue by 51.9 percent to nearly $6.3 billion. Dell led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 17.6 percent of all units shipped during the quarter, IDC said.