Dell takes pole position in server shipments: Gartner

HPE maintains No. 1 spot in revenue in Q2 2016 as worldwide server revenue decline marginally

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Dell takes pole position in server shipments: Gartner Due to its success in the x86 market, Dell edged out HPE in server shipments in the second quarter of 2016.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 18, 2016

Worldwide server revenue declined 0.8 percent year over year, in the second quarter of 2016 while shipments grew 2 percent from the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner.

There was some shuffling among the top vendors in the second quarter, as Dell moved into the top spot in shipments, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remained the worldwide leader in server revenue.

"The second quarter of 2016 produced some continued growth on a global level compared with the first quarter, although there were some varied results regionally," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "All regions showed a decline in shipments except Asia/Pacific and North America, which posted growth of 5.6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. In terms of revenue, all regions except for Asia/Pacific and Eastern Europe exhibited a decline. Asia/Pacific grew by 6.1 percent and Eastern Europe posted 1 percent growth. Variations of growth by data centre segments and exchange rate issues are the main reasons for these results.

"x86 servers grew 2.1 percent in shipments and 5.8 percent in revenue in the second quarter of 2016. Dell garnered 19.3 percent of the market and moved into the No. 1 position in worldwide server shipments due primarily to growth resulting from programs it has in place in the Asia/Pacific region, most notably in China. However, HPE continued to lead the x86 market in revenue with 26 percent of the market," said Mr. Hewitt.

Despite a decline of 6.4 percent, HPE continued to lead in the worldwide server market, based on revenue, with 23.7 percent market share. Dell grew 9.9 percent and maintained the second spot in the market with 19.1 percent market share. IBM secured the third position with 9.1 percent of the market but experienced the largest decline among the top five vendors.

Due to its success in the x86 market, Dell moved into the No. 1 position in server shipments in the second quarter of 2016, with 8.9 percent growth, garnering 19.2 percent market share. HPE dropped to the second spot with 17.2 percent shipment share, representing an 18.7 percent decline year over year.

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