Worldwide Server Market Revenues Increase 1.9% in the Fourth Quarter as Demand in China Once Again Drives the Market Forward, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 3, 2015 — According to the International Data Corporation's ( IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 1.9% year over year to $14.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14). This was the third consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue growth, as server market demand remained positive due to an on-going enterprise refresh cycle coupled with continued infrastructure investments by cloud service providers. Worldwide server shipments increased 2.8% to 2.5 million units in 4Q14 when compared with the same year-ago period. For the full year 2014, worldwide server revenue increased 2.3% to $50.9 billion when compared to 2013, while worldwide unit shipments increased 2.9% to 9.2 million units, a record high.

On a year-over-year basis, volume system revenue increased 4.9% and midrange system demand increased 21.2% in 4Q14 to $10.8 billion and $1.4 billion, respectively. The volume segment was aided by a continued expansion of x86-based hyper-scale server infrastructures while midrange systems were helped by enterprise investment in scalable systems for virtualization and consolidation. Meanwhile, 4Q14 demand for high-end systems experienced a year-over-year revenue decline of -17.2% to $2.3 billion in advance of a major IBM z Systems upgrade announced in January.

"IDC continues to see a server market that is largely about serving the needs of two separate and distinct sets of customer workloads. Traditional 2nd Platform workloads are driving the need for richly configured integrated systems aimed at driving significant levels of consolidation while also enabling advanced management and automation in the datacenter," said Matt Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Platforms at IDC. "These 2nd Platform workloads continue to represent a healthy profit pool for server vendors targeting virtual environments in both enterprise and service providers. At the same time, new 3rd Platform profit pools continue to develop fueled by the needs of fabric-based disaggregated software defined environments. This 3rd Platform market continues to witness a build-vs.-buy battle for next generation workloads, which are stateless, scale horizontally, and do not assume infrastructure resiliency."

Overall Server Market Standings, by Vendor

IBM closed the divestiture of its x86 server business to Lenovo on October 1, 2014 and the vendor market shares in this press release represent the impact of this transaction. HP assumed the number 1 spot in the worldwide server market with 26.8% market share in factory revenue for 4Q14, as revenue increased 1.6% year over year to $3.9 billion. HP experienced solid demand for its x86-based ProLiant servers, particularly in the EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and Japan. Dell moved into the number 2 position in the worldwide server market for the first time following a server revenue increase of 11.9% year over year to $2.4 billion holding 16.7% factory revenue market share in 4Q14. IBM held the number 3 spot with 13.7% share for the quarter as revenue decreased -48.0% year-over-year to $2.0 billion in 4Q14. Although most of IBM's revenue decline was attributable to the divestiture of its x86 server business, IBM did experience double-digit year-over-year quarterly revenue declines for both its POWER Systems and z System mainframes in the quarter. Lenovo took the number 4 position with 7.6% market share following its acquisition of IBM's x86 server business. Finally, following a year-over-year revenue increase of 19.1% to $770 million, Cisco rounds out the top 5 server vendors holding 5.3% factory revenue market share in 4Q14.

Top 5 Corporate Family, Worldwide Server Systems Factory Revenue, Fourth Quarter of 2014
(Revenues are in Millions)

Vendor     4Q14 Revenue    

4Q14 Market

    4Q13 Revenue    

4Q13 Market



1. HP     $3,894.5     26.8%     $3,831.8     26.9%     1.6%
2. Dell $2,431.2 16.7% $2,172.3 15.2% 11.9%
3. IBM $1,986.4 13.7% $3,820.2 26.8% -48.0%
4. Lenovo $1,105.9 7.6% $130.4 0.9% 748.3%
5. Cisco $769.5 5.3% $646.1 4.5% 19.1%
ODM Direct $1,192.1 8.2% $907.3 6.4% 31.4%
Others $3,156.5 21.7% $2,756.7 19.3% 14.5%
Total $14,536.1 100% $14,264.7 100% 1.9%

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