Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market declined 6.7% year over year to $22.0 billion during the third quarter of 2019 (3Q19), according to IDC. Worldwide server shipments declined 3.0% year over year to just under 3.1 million units in 3Q19.
In terms of server class, volume server revenue was down 4.0% to $17.9 billion, while midrange server revenue declined 14.3% to $3.0 billion and high-end systems contracted by 23.7% to $1.1 billion.
“While the server market did indeed decline last quarter, next generation workloads and advanced server innovation (e.g., accelerated computing, storage class memory, next generation I/O, etc.) keep demand for enterprise compute at near historic highs,” said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.
“In fact, 3Q19 represented the second biggest quarter for global server unit shipments in more than 16 years, eclipsed only by 3Q18.”
Overall server market standings, by company
Dell Technologies and the combined HPE/New H3C Group ended 3Q19 in a statistical tie for the number one position with 17.2% and 16.8% revenue share, respectively. Revenues for Dell Technologies declined 10.8% year over year while HPE/New H3C Group was down 3.2% year over year.
The third ranking server company during the quarter was Inspur/Inspur Power Systems, which captured 9.0% market share and grew revenues 15.3% year over year. Lenovo and Cisco ended the quarter tied for the fifth position with 5.4% and 4.9% revenue share, respectively.
Lenovo saw revenue decline by 16.9% year over year and Cisco saw its revenue grow 3.1% year over year.
The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 26.4% of total revenue and declined 7.1% year over year to $5.82 billion. Dell Technologies led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 16.4% of all units shipped during the quarter.
Server market revenue declines
On a geographic basis, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APeJ) and Japan were the only regions to show growth in 3Q19 with Japan as the fastest at 3.3% year over year and APeJ flat at 0.2% year over year.
Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) declined 9.6% year over year while Canada declined 4.7% and Latin America contracted 14.2%. The United States was down 10.7% year over year. China saw its 3Q19 vendor revenues remain essentially flat with year-over-year growth of 0.7%.
Revenue generated from x86 servers decreased 6.2% in 3Q19 to $20.6 billion. Non-x86 servers declined 13.1% year over year to $1.4 billion.