Servers Market Share

Updated: 10 June 2021

Worldwide Server Market Revenue Grew 12.0% Year Over Year in the First Quarter of 2021, According to IDC

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 10, 2021 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, the worldwide server market grew 12.0% year over year to $20.9 billion during the first quarter of 2021 (1Q21). Worldwide server shipments grew 8.3% year over year to nearly 2.8 million units in 1Q21.

Sales of volume servers were up 15.4% to $17.3 billion during the quarter, while midrange server sales declined 2.7% to $2.4 billion. High-end server sales grew 0.1% to $1.2 billion."The first quarter 2021 server market performance benefited from a comparison against the most difficult quarter of last year's pandemic-stricken year, but this fact doesn't tell a complete story," said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "The considerable increase of server investments during the quarter were also buoyed by global economic tailwinds along with increased investments targeting the modernization of business applications, datacenter infrastructure, and IT operations."

Overall Server Market Standings, by Company

Dell Technologies held the top worldwide server market ranking in 1Q21, accounting for 17.0% of total revenue. HPE/H3C (a) was the second largest company, accounting for 15.9% of total revenue. Inspur/Inspur Power Systems(b) and Lenovo were tied* for third with 7.2% and 6.9% respective share of total revenue. The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 26.3% of total server revenue during the quarter. The top suppliers of 1Q21 server unit shipments were Dell Technologies (17.5%), HPE/New H3C Group (14.5%), Inspur/Inspur Power System (8.0%), and Lenovo (6.1%).

Company 2020Q1 2020Q2 2020Q3 2020Q4 2021Q1
1. Dell Technologies 18,6% 13,9% 16,7% 15,4% 17,0%
2. HPE/H3C (a) 15,5% 14,9% 15,9% 15,8% 15,9%
T3. Inspur/Inspur Power Systemsup *(b) 7,4% 10,5% 9,4% 8,6% 7,2%
T3. Lenovo * 5,7% 6,1% 5,9% 5,6% 6,9%
4. IBM 4,6% 6,0% 3,3% 7,3% 5,3%
ODM Direct 25,9% 28,8% 27,9% 25,4% 26,3%
Rest of Market 22,3% 19,7% 21,0% 22,0% 21,4%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

  • * IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide server market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors.
  • (a) Due to the existing joint venture between HPE and H3C, IDC is reporting external market share on a global level for HPE and H3C as "HPE/H3C" starting from 2Q 2016. Per the JV agreement, Tsinghua Holdings subsidiary, Unisplendour Corporation, through a wholly owned affiliate, purchased a 51% stake in H3C and HPE has a 49% ownership stake in the new company.
  • (b) Inspur revenues include revenues and server units for Inspur Power Systems. Inspur is reported as a separate company with revenues including Inspur OEM systems and Inspur Power Systems locally developed and branded systems revenue. Per the JV agreement, Inspur Power Commercial System Co., Ltd., has total registered capital of RMB 1 billion, with Inspur investing RMB 510 million for a 51% equity stake, and IBM investing RMB 490 million for the remaining 49% equity stake.

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