Worldwide server revenue is on the up. According to Gartner’s latest report, server revenue grew by some 16 per cent in the third quarter, while shipments were up by 5.1 per cent. And while HPE held on to its crown for having the biggest market share, HPE grew by more than 37 per cent as it stepped up its efforts.
According to Gartner’s research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt, there are several drivers for the successful quarter with the growth of cloud computing technology signalled as a major contributor to the growth.
"The third quarter of 2017 produced continued growth on a global level with varying regional results," said Hewitt. "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."
He added: "x86 servers increased 5.3 per cent in shipments for the year and 16.7 per cent in revenue in the third quarter of 2017. RISC/Itanium Unix servers declined globally, down 23.5 per cent in shipments and 18.3 per cent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The 'other' CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline/increase of 54.5 per cent.”
According to the report, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continued to lead in the worldwide server market, posting $3.1 billion in revenue. That represents a 21 per cent market share, despite a decline of 3.2 per cent for the quarter.
Dell maintained second position, but more tellingly it recorded 37.9 per cent growth, representing a 20.8 per cent market share. Inspur Electronics experienced the highest growth in the quarter with 116.6 per cent, driven by ongoing sales into China-based cloud providers, as well as global expansion efforts.