Huawei climbs, Lenovo dips and HPE and Dell EMC lock horns as global server shipments grow
Worldwide server shipments have grown by 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2017, while revenues have also seen a slight bump up 2.8 percent, valuing the market at about US$13.94 billion, according to Gartner. Total global server shipments totalled 2.8 million for the second quarter, compared to 2.74 million in Q2 2016.
Gartner attributed overall growth to continued hyperscale data centre growth and strong regional performance in the Asia-Pacific region due to new data centre infrastructure projects, particularly in China. Server shipments in the region increased by 7.7 percent year on year to hit 841,319 units.
Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt said: “”x86 servers increased 2.5 percent in shipments and 6.9 percent in revenue. RISC/Itanium Unix servers fell globally for the period — down 21.4 percent in shipments and 24.9 percent in vendor revenue compared with the same quarter last year. The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 29.5 percent in revenue.”