Dell charges ahead with server market lead

Dell was the leader of the global server market in Q2 2018 (Image IDG Worldwide)

Dell has taken out the top spot in the worldwide server market in the second quarter of 2018, holding 18.8% revenue share with revenues of US$4.2 billion, a 52.9% growth.

Dell also led the server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 19.5% of all units shipped during the quarter.

HPE came in a close second, retaining 16.6% revenue share with revenues of US$3.7 billion, an 11.7% revenue growth in comparison to the same period last year.

These figures were released by analyst group IDC within its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report, which saw vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increase 43.7% year-on-year to US$22.5 billion during the second quarter of 2018.

Worldwide server shipments increased 20.5% year-on-year to 2.9 million units.

According to IDC, the overall server market continues to experience historic demand, with the second quarter of 2018 marking the fourth consecutive quarter of double digit revenue growth and its highest total revenue ever.

Volume server revenue increased by 42.7% to US$18.4 billion, while mid-range server revenue grew 63% to US$2.5 billion. High-end systems grew 30.4% to US$1.7 billion.

IDC servers and storage senior research analyst Sanjay Medvitz said the server market continues to flourish amid a market-wide enterprise refresh cycle and increasing demand from cloud service providers.

"Enterprises continue to invest in new infrastructure to support next-generation applications and achieve cloud-like benefits on-premises,” he said. “Hyperscalers also continue to update and expand their data centre presence, benefiting ODM direct suppliers."

Medvitz highlighted that server revenue growth has also been driven by increasing average selling prices due to richer configurations, DRAM prices, and new processor platforms.

While Dell and HPE secured their top positions, IBM and Lenovo both tied for third place with respective shares of 7.3% and 6.9%. Inspur, Cisco and Huawei rounded out the top five, tieing with 4.8%, 4.8% and 4.3% respective shares of vendor revenue.

The ODM (original design manufacturer) direct group of vendors increased its collective revenue by 55.9% year-on-year to US$5.5 billion.



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