VOLUME SERVERS (LESS THAN $25,000 IN PRICE)
Hewlett-Packard stayed at the top of the pack in the category of Volume Servers priced below $25,000. HP retained about the same scores as last year-technical satisfaction scores did slip a point to 85.5-but were good enough to beat out rivals IBM, Lenovo and Dell. (Dell fell from second to fourth as its overall score plunged more than six points, including a disconcerting 8.5-point drop in its technical satisfaction scores.)
HP for years has remained at the top of the volume server market thanks to its wide range of blade, rack-mount and pedestal servers. HP's server business remains a channel-focused play and the company relies on its partners for growth in both its installed base and in new customers, especially with its latest models, the HP ProLiant Gen8 servers launched in 2012.