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HPE, Dell Battle For Server Market-Share Supremacy

The global server market hit $23.6 billion in second-quarter 2021, with midrange and high-end server sales dropping 30 percent or more, according to new data from IDC. CRN breaks down the top five server vendors that led the world in market share and total number of servers shipped.

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Server Sales Drop 2.5 Percent; Shipments Show Flat Growth

Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise were neck and neck in terms of winning the gold medal in the $23.6 billion global server market during the second quarter of 2021.

The worldwide server market declined 2.5 percent year over year to $23.6 billion in the second quarter, according to new data from IT research firm IDC. The number of servers shipped globally was flat on a year-over-year basis with a total of 3.2 million servers shipped during the quarter.

“Broadly speaking, server market performance was muted in the second quarter as the market shifted slightly toward single-socket server configurations,” said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst for Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC, in a statement.

Breaking down the market segments, volume server revenue was up 5.6 percent to nearly $20 billion year over year, while midrange server sales declined 30 percent to $2.4 billion. High-end servers declined by 33 percent year over year to $1.3 billion, according to IDC. In terms of the type of servers sold, sales generated from x86 servers decreased 2.2 percent to $21.4 billion, while non-x86 server revenue declined 4.5 percent year over year to $2.3 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 first place in terms of server market share in the second quarter of 2021.

Here are the world’s top five leading server market-share leaders in the world right now.

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