The 10 Biggest Dell Stories Of 2013


No. 9 Server Market Share Smackdown With Hewlett Packard

As the storm clouds gathered above Round Rock's privatization rumors Dell was fighting a very real server market-share battle with HP.

For the first quarter of 2013, IDC's data showed Dell grew its first-quarter North American server shipments by 9.9 percent, while HP's dropped 18.9 percent. By the second quarter, Dell made more significant server revenue gains, according to Gartner and IDC. Gartner reported Dell's piece of the global server revenue pie jumped 10.7 percent compared with the previous year, and IDC estimated it to be up 10.3 percent. HP, for the same quarter, took a worldwide server revenue hit, dropping 17.5 percent year-to-year, according to Gartner and IDC. By the third quarter Dell's winning streak came to a grinding halt. Gartner reported Dell's worldwide server shipments plummeted by more than 14 percent. Meanwhile, HP grew worldwide server shipments by more than 5 percent in the third quarter, halting a slump of eight consecutive quarters of shipment declines.