Dell: Picking Up Steam
Dell was the third-largest server vendor for the first quarter of 2013 with a 10.1 percent boost in sales over last year. That gave Dell an 18.5 percent share of total server revenue, up from 15.5 percent last year.
IDC attributed a big part of Dell's growth to strong demand from the company's density-optimized data center solutions business.
Given Dell's solid growth, and a weakness in HP and IBM sales, Dell is now within striking distance of possibly taking over the top position. However, a push by HP to recover market share, and a potential strong acceptance of the new HP Moonshot modular density-optimized servers could thwart Dell's race for the top.