Server Market Revenue Surges 26.4% in 4Q17

Server Market Revenue Surges 26.4% in 4Q17

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According to IDC, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 26.4% year over year to $20.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017 (4Q17). The server market continues to gain momentum, as traction for newer Purley- and EPYC-based offerings grows.

While demand from cloud service providers has propped up overall market performance, other areas of the server market continue to show growth now as well. Worldwide server shipments increased 10.8% year over year to 2.84 million units in 4Q17.

Volume server revenue increased by 21.9% to $15.8 billion, while midrange server revenue grew 48.5% to $1.9 billion. High-end systems grew 41.1% to $2.9 billion, driven by IBM's z14 launch last quarter. IDC expects continued long-term secular declines in high-end system revenue, with short periods of growth related to major platform refreshes.

HPE/New H3C Group and Dell were statistically tied for first in the worldwide server market with 18.4%, and 17.5% market shares respectively in 4Q17. HPE/New H3C Group revenue increased 10.1% year over year to $3.8 billion, while Dell increased 39.9% year over year to $3.6 billion.

HPE's share and year-over-year growth rate includes revenues from the H3C joint venture in China that began in May of 2016; thus, the reported HPE/New H3C Group combines server revenue for both companies globally. IBM captured the third market position at 13.0% share with revenue growing 50.3% year over year to $2.7 billion.

Lenovo and Cisco were statistically tied for fourth position. Lenovo had 5.3% share, with revenue increasing 15.1% to $1.1 billion and Cisco had 5.1% share with revenue increasing 14.8% to $1.1 billion. The ODM Direct group of vendors grew revenue by 48.1% to $4.2 billion. Dell Inc. led the server market in terms of unit share at 20.5%.

Top 5 Companies, Revenue, Share and Growth, 4Q17 (Revenues in US$ Millions)

Company

4Q17 Revenue

4Q17 Market Share

4Q16 Revenue

4Q16 Market Share

4Q17/4Q16 Growth

1. HPE/New H3C Group

$3,801.9

18.4%

$3,454.1

21.1%

10.1%

1. Dell

$3,607.0

17.5%

$2,577.9

15.8%

39.9%

3. IBM

$2,693.0

13.0%

$1,791.8

11.0%

50.3%

4. Lenovo

$1,090.0

5.3%

$946.8

5.8%

15.1%

4. Cisco

$1,051.4

5.1%

$916.1

5.6%

14.8%

ODM Direct

$4,245.4

20.6%

$2,866.9

17.5%

48.1%

Others

$4,164.4

20.2%

$3,790.5

23.2%

9.9%

Total

$20,653.1

100.0%

$16,344.1

100.0%

26.4%

 

Top 5 Companies, Shipments, Share, and Growth, 4Q17 (Units n Thousands)

Company

4Q17 Unit Shipments

4Q17 Market Share

4Q16 Unit Shipments

4Q16 Market Share

4Q17/4Q16 Growth

1. Dell

582.5

20.5%

531.6

20.7%

9.6%

2. HPE/New H3C Group

479.7

16.9%

520.7

20.3%

-7.9%

3. Lenovo

181.6

6.4%

218.7

8.5%

-17.0%

3. Huawei

166.4

5.9%

179.1

7.0%

-7.1%

3. Super Micro

158.5

5.6%

123.8

4.8%

28.1%

3. Inspur

154.1

5.4%

113.5

4.4%

35.7%

ODM Direct

653.0

23.0%

401.1

15.6%

62.8%

Others

465.1

16.4%

475.8

18.6%

-2.2%

Total

2,840.8

100.0%

2,564.2

100.0%

10.8%

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