Worldwide Server Market Revenue Declined 11.6% Year Over Year in the Second Quarter of 2019, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 4, 2019 — According to the International Data Corporation ( IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 11.6% year over year to just over $20.0 billion during the second quarter of 2019 (2Q19). Worldwide server shipments declined 9.3% year over year to just under 2.7 million units in 2Q19.

After a torrid stretch of prolonged market growth that drove the server market to historic heights, the global server market declined for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2016. All classes of servers were impacted, with volume server revenue down 11.7% to $16.3 billion, while midrange server revenue declined 4.6% to $2.4 billion and high-end systems contracted by 20.8% to $1.3 billion.

"The second quarter saw the server market's first contraction in nine quarters, albeit against a very difficult compare from one year ago when the server market realized unprecedented growth," said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies. "Irrespective of the difficult compare, factors impacting the market include a slowdown in purchasing from cloud providers and hyperscale customers, an off-cycle in the cyclical non-x86 market, as well as a slowdown from enterprises due to existing capacity slack and macroeconomic uncertainty."

Overall Server Market Standings, by Company
The number one position in the worldwide server market during 2Q19 was shared* by Dell Technologies and the combined HPE/New H3C Group with revenue shares of 19.0% and 18.0% respectively. Dell Technologies declined 13.0% year over year, while HPE/New H3C Group was down 3.6% year over year. The third position went to Inspur/Inspur Power Systems, which increased its revenue by 32.3% year over year. Lenovo and IBM tied* for the fourth position with revenue shares of 6.1%, and 5.9% respectively. Lenovo saw revenue decline by 21.8% year over year while IBM saw its revenue contract 27.4% year over year. The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 21.1% of total revenue and declined 22.9% year over year to $4.23 billion. Dell Technologies led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 17.8% of all units shipped during the quarter.

Top 5 Companies, Worldwide Server Vendor Revenue, Market Share, and Year-Over-Year Growth, Second Quarter of 2019 (Revenues are in US$ millions)

Company

2Q19
Revenue

2Q19
Market
Share

2Q18
Revenue

2Q18
Market
Share

2Q19/2Q18
Revenue
Growth

T1. Dell Technologies*

$3,809.0

19.0%

$4,375.8

19.3%

-13.0%

T1. HPE/New H3C Groupa*

$3,607.4

18.0%

$3,743.5

16.5%

-3.6%

3. Inspur/Inspur Power Systemsb

$1,438.8

7.2%

$1,087.9

4.8%

32.3%

T4. Lenovo*

$1,212.0

6.1%

$1,549.1

6.8%

-21.8%

T4. IBM*

$1,188.6

5.9%

$1,637.5

7.2%

-27.4%

ODM Direct

$4,232.7

21.1%

$5,488.2

24.2%

-22.9%

Rest of Market

$4,536.1

22.7%

$4,764.5

21.0%

-4.8%

Total

$20,024.6

100%

$22,646.3

100%

-11.6%

Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, September 4, 2019


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