Despite a decline of 11.8%, HPE continued to lead in the worldwide server market
In the third quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 5.8% year over year, and shipments declined 2.6% from the third quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. Among the top five vendors, only Cisco increased revenue in the third quarter, while Huawei and Inspur Electronics saw growth in shipments. HPE, Dell and Lenovo all experienced declines in both server revenue and shipments.
"The server market was impacted during the third quarter of 2016 by generally conservative spending plans globally. This was compounded by the ability of end users to leverage additional virtual machines on existing x86 servers (without new hardware) to meet their server application needs," said Jeffrey Hewitt, Research Vice president at Gartner. "Server providers will need to reinvigorate and improve their value propositions to help end users justify server hardware replacements and growth, if they hope to drive the market back into a positive state."
All regions showed a decline in shipments except Eastern Europe, which posted growth of 0.9%. In terms of revenue, all regions except for Japan experienced a decline. Japan grew by 1.3%.
The x86 servers declined 2.3% in shipments and 1.6 % in revenue in the third quarter of 2016. All vendors in the top five except for Cisco experienced a decline in revenue. In x86 server shipments, only Huawei and Inspur Electronics experienced growth.
Despite a decline of 11.8%, HPE continued to lead in the worldwide server market, based on revenue, with 25.5% market share (see Table 1). Dell declined 7.9%, but maintained the second spot in the market with 17.5% market share. Lenovo secured the third spot with 7.8% of the market. IBM dropped to the fifth position and experienced the biggest decline among the top five vendors.