Worldwide server shipments grew 2.4 per cent

In the second quarter of 2017, worldwide server revenue increased 2.8 per cent year on year, while shipments grew 2.4 per cent from the second quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

"The second quarter of 2017 produced some growth compared with the first quarter on a global level, with varying regional results," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. "The growth for the quarter is attributable to two main factors. The first is strong regional performance in Asia/Pacific because of data centre infrastructure build-outs, mostly in China. The second is ongoing hyperscale data centre growth that is exhibited in the self-build/ODM (original design manufacturer) segment.

"x86 servers increased 2.5 per cent in shipments and 6.9 per cent in revenue. RISC/Itanium Unix servers fell globally for the period — down 21.4 percent in shipments and 24.9 per cent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 29.5 per cent in revenue," Mr Hewitt said.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continued to lead in the worldwide server market based on revenue. Despite a decline of 9.4 per cent, the company posted $3.2 billion in revenue for a total share of 23 per cent for the second quarter of 2017 (see Table 1). Dell EMC maintained the No. 2 position with 7 per cent growth and 19.9 per cent market share. Huawei experienced the highest growth in the quarter with 57.8 per cent.

In server shipments, Dell EMC maintained the No. 1 position in the second quarter of 2017 with 17.5 per cent market share (see Table 2). HPE secured the second spot with 17.1 per cent of the market. Inspur Electronics experienced the highest growth in shipments with 31.5 per cent, followed by Huawei with 26.1 per cent growth.


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