In the third quarter of 2017, worldwide server revenue increased 16 percent year over year, while shipments grew 5,1% from the third quarter of 2016, according to Gartner.
“The third quarter of 2017 produced continued growth on a global level with varying regional results,” says Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice-president at Gartner. “A build-out of infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations was the main driver for growth in the server market for the period.”
“x86 servers increased 5,3% in shipments for the year and 16,7% in revenue in the third quarter of 2017. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined globally, down 23,5% in shipments and 18,3% in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed an increase of 54,5%,” says Hewitt.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continued to lead in the worldwide server market based on revenue. Despite a decline of 3,2%, the company posted $3,1-billion in revenue for a total share of 21 % for the third quarter of 2017.
Dell EMC maintained the number two position with 37,9% growth and 20,8%market share. Inspur Electronics experienced the highest growth in the quarter with 116,6%, driven by ongoing sales into China-based cloud providers, as well as global expansion efforts.
In server shipments, Dell EMC maintained the top position in the third quarter of 2017 with 17,8% market share. HPE secured the second spot with 16,4% of the market. Inspur Electronics was the only vendor in the top five to experience positive growth in the quarter.