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Gartner Says Worldwide Server Revenue Declined 5.8 Per Cent In Third Quarter

Among the top five vendors, only Cisco increased revenue in the third quarter, while Huawei and Inspur Electronics saw growth in shipments

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Worldwide server revenue declined 5.8 per cent year over year, and shipments declined 2.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2016 from the corresponding period last year, 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 per cent. In terms of revenue, all regions except for Japan experienced a decline. Japan grew by 1.3 per cent.

x86 servers declined 2.3 per cent in shipments and 1.6 per cent 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 per cent, HPE continued to lead in the worldwide server market, based on revenue, with 25.5 per cent market share (see Table 1). Dell declined 7.9 per cent, but maintained the second spot in the market with 17.5 per cent market share. Lenovo secured the third spot with 7.8 per cent of the market. IBM dropped to the fifth position and experienced the largest decline among the top five vendors.


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