Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market grew 2.2% year over year to $22.6 billion during the third quarter of 2020 (3Q20), according to IDC. Worldwide server shipments declined 0.2% year over year to nearly 3.1 million units in 3Q20.
Volume server revenue was up 5.8% to $19.0 billion, while midrange server revenue declined 13.9% to $2.6 billion, and high-end servers declined by 12.6% to $937 million.
“Global demand for enterprise servers was a bit muted during the third quarter of 2020 although we did see areas of strong demand,” said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.
“From a regional perspective, server revenue within China grew 14.2% year over year. And worldwide revenues for servers running AMD CPUs were up 112.4% year over year while ARM-based servers grew revenues 430.5% year over year, albeit on a very small base of revenue.”
Overall server market standings, by company
Dell Technologies and HPE/New H3C Group were tied for the top position in the 3Q20 worldwide server market with 16.7% and 15.9% revenue share respectively. Inspur/Inspur Power Systems finished third with a 9.4% share of revenue.
Lenovo was fourth with a 5.9% share and Huawei was fifth with a 4.9% share. The ODM Direct group of vendors accounted for 28.0% of total server revenue, up 8.4% year over year.
In addition to the table above, this is a graphic illustrating the worldwide revenue share of the top 5 server companies over the previous five quarters.
Top server market findings
On a geographic basis, China was the fastest growing region at 14.2% year over year. Asia/Pacific (excluding China and Japan) increased 3.0%, while Latin America and North America grew 1.5% and 1.8% year over year, respectively (Canada at 13.1% and the United States at 1.5%). Both EMEA and Japan declined during the quarter at rates of 4.9% and 21.4%, respectively.
Revenue generated from x86 servers increased 1.6% in 3Q20 to just below $21.0 billion. Non-x86 server revenue grew 10.4% year over year to around $1.6 billion.