Jim Ganthier, vice president of worldwide marketing and operations for HP servers, wrote in a statement emailed to CRN that the Gartner report shows how HP is adapting to the changing market conditions to stay ahead of the curve.
"HP continues to lead the market by responding to enterprises current and emerging needs, leaping a generation ahead in the hyperscale segment with HP Moonshot and continuing our leadership in the traditional x86 market," Ganthier wrote.
Ganthier also wrote that HP ProLiant has been the top server brand for the last 70 quarters. "That's a legacy that none of our competitors can beat. Our game changing innovations and clear, compelling value propositions deliver business results that keep customers coming back to HP each quarter," he wrote.
Dell declined to respond to a request for comment on the new Gartner report, other than to refer to a blog post, which Forrest Norrod, vice president of server solutions for the company, wrote last month when CRN reported preliminary Gartner second-quarter 2013 server numbers.
"An individual vendor's server shipment market share is not always linear quarter over quarter and Dell has gained unit share in five of the last eight quarters. There can and will be fluctuations but the larger point remains the same that Dell continues to gain share. For example, one vendor can close one big deal, even at a loss, to gain on shipment share. And to be frank, that's exactly what happened here," Norrod wrote in his blog.
Taking the third spot in North American server shipments is Cisco, which shipped nearly 40,500 units, up 19.1 percent over last year. Revenue for Cisco reached $389 million, up a huge 50.6 percent to give it the No. 4 spot in sales, Gartner reported.
Cisco continues to take advantage of its strategic relationships with the top storage vendors including EMC, NetApp and Hitachi Data Systems, as well as its nearly ubiquitous networking presence in the data center, Gartner's Hewitt said.
"People are buying more integrated systems. ... We're seeing some relationship between existing storage vendors and which server vendor is chosen," he said.
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