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

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, March 2015

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"Public cloud service providers continue their hyperscale deployment march as both large and mid-sized service providers expand their datacenter footprints to meet growing cloud services demand, led by cloud hosting services," said Kuba Stolarski, Research Manager, Enterprise Servers at IDC. "As we look forward over the next few years, server demand will continue to see aggressive hyperscale growth, as well as interrelated greenfield opportunities attached to Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. As IoT grows, generating increasing amounts of data, network traffic, and demand for real-time analytics, new server designs and new methods of deploying compute capability will continue the transformation of the server market deep into the 3rd Platform."

Top Server Market Findings

  • Regionally, Asia/Pacific experienced the sharpest revenue growth with a year-over-year increase of 15.8% in 4Q14. Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Japan, and the United States also experienced positive year-over-year growth of 1.2%, 1.5%, and 1.0%, respectively. China once again exhibited significant growth with year-over-year revenue up 26.2% to $2.0 billion. The top 4 Chinese OEMs – Inspur, Huawei, Lenovo, and Sugon – all grew revenue by more than 50% on a year-over-year basis as the China market crossed the $2 billion quarterly revenue threshold for the first time.
  • Demand for x86 servers improved in 4Q14 with revenues increasing 7.1% year over year in the quarter to $11.5 billion worldwide as unit shipments increased 2.9% to 2.5 million servers. HP led the market with 31.3% revenue share based on 4.6% revenue growth over 4Q13. Dell retained second place, securing 21.1% revenue share following 11.9% year over year revenue growth.
  • Non-x86 servers experienced a revenue decline of -14.0% year over year to $3.0 billion, representing 20.7% of quarterly server revenue. This was the fourteenth consecutive quarter of revenue decline in the non-x86 server segment. IBM leads the segment with 66.1% revenue share following a year-over-year revenue decrease of -19.2% when compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. IDC also began to see early stage revenue from ARM server sales in 4Q14 largely the result of HP Moonshot system deployments.

IDC's Server Taxonomy

IDC's Server Taxonomy maps the eleven price bands within the server market into three price ranges: volume servers, midrange servers and high-end servers. The revenue data presented in this release is stated as factory revenue for a server system. IDC presents data in factory revenue to determine market share position. Factory revenue represents those dollars recognized by multi-user system and server vendors for ISS and upgrade units sold through direct and indirect channels and includes the following embedded server components: Frame or cabinet and all cables, processors, memory, communications boards, operating system software, other bundled software and initial internal and external disk shipments.

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker is a quantitative tool for analyzing the global server market on a quarterly basis. The Tracker includes quarterly shipments (both ISS and upgrades) and revenues (both customer and factory), segmented by vendor, family, model, region, operating system, price band, CPU type, and architecture. For more information, please contact Lidice Fernandez at 305-351-3051 or

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. With more than 1,100 analysts worldwide, IDC offers global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. IDC's analysis and insight helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based technology decisions and to achieve their key business objectives. Founded in 1964, IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company. To learn more about IDC, please visit Follow IDC on Twitter at @IDC.

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