Worldwide Server Market Grows 13% In Q4 To Reach $24 Bn, Dell Leads The Pack

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 12.6% year over year to $23.6 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18). Worldwide server shipments increased 5.0% year over year to just under 3.0 million units in 4Q18.

The overall server market continues to experience robust demand with 4Q18 marking the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth and its highest total revenue in a single quarter ever. Volume server revenue increased by 17.8% to $19.0 billion, while midrange server revenue grew 30.3% to $2.5 billion. High-end systems declined 28.3% to $2.1 billion.

“Reduced demand from hyperscale companies created downward pressure on worldwide server market growth rates during the quarter,” said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. “This was offset by increased server sales to enterprise customers and higher average selling prices (ASPs). Enterprises are buying richly configured servers to support resource intensive workloads, resulting in higher ASPs and pushing revenue growth higher than growth from unit shipments.”

Dell Inc leads the pack in the worldwide server market during 4Q18 with 18.7% revenue share followed by HPE/New H3C Group, with 17.8% revenue share, growing 20.4% and 10.5% year to year respectively. IBM was the third-ranked server supplier during the quarter capturing 8.3% of total server revenues. IBM’s performance during the quarter excludes sales generated through the company’s recently established partnership with Inspur Power Systems.

Inspur/Inspur Power Systems and Lenovo tied for fourth with revenue shares of 6.6% and 6.2% respectively. Inspur/Inspur Power Systems increased its revenue 70.7% year over year and Lenovo increased its revenue 33.8% year over year. The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 20.1% of total revenue, up 11.6% year over year to $4.7 billion. This was an uncharacteristically low growth rate for this group of companies. Dell Inc. led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 19.4% of all units shipped during the quarter.

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