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Dell Beats HPE In Global Server Market Share Fight

Mark Haranas

CRN breaks down the top five global server market share leaders, according to new data from IDC, with the first quarter of 2021 seeing server market growth soar 12 percent year over year to $20.9 billion.

Server Sales Reach $20.9 Billion In Q1 2021

As the worldwide demand for servers spike, Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise continue to battle for global server market share supremacy. When combined, HPE and Dell owned one-third of the nearly $21 billion worldwide server market.

The global server market jumped 12 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2021, reaching $20.9 billion, according to new data from IT market research firm IDC. Additionally, worldwide server shipments grew 8.3 percent year over year to around 2.8 million server units shipped.

“The considerable increase of server investments during the quarter [was] buoyed by global economic tailwinds along with increased investments targeting the modernization of business applications, data center infrastructure, and IT operations,” said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst for Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC, in a statement.

In terms of server market segments, sales of volume servers in the first quarter were up 15 percent to $17.3 billion year over year, while midrange server revenue declined 3 percent to $2.4 billion. Growth in high-end server revenue was flat at $1.2 billion.

IDC declares a statistical tie when two or more vendors are within 1 percentage point of each other. In this case, two companies tied for third place in terms of server market share in the first quarter of 2021.

CRN breaks down the top five worldwide market leaders in servers that include Dell Technologies, IBM, Lenovo, Inspur and HPE.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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