Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) was the largest server seller over the third quarter of 2015, according to data from Gartner.
The firm posted worldwide revenues of $3.68bn for servers, up 9.1 percent, to give it a 27.3 percent market share. This puts HPE clear of Dell (17.7 percent) and IBM (18.5 percent).
The HPE revenue was derived from shipments of 613,101 units, up 7.7 percent on the same period last year. Dell came in second for vendor shipments by volume, at just over half a million, a 2.1 percent increase.
Lenovo achieved the biggest growth, however, at an impressive 183 percent. Shipments rose from 85,443 to 242,005, helping revenues rise 545 percent to pass $1bn.
However, this growth was almost entirely down to Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business and does not give a true reflection of the company’s position in the market.
Nevertheless, the server market did experience growth. Total worldwide market shipments reached 2.76 million in the third quarter, a rise of 9.2 percent from 2.53 million in the same period in 2014.
This increase in shipments saw revenues for server vendors hit $13.5bn, up 7.5 percent from $12.5bn in 2014.
The trends were broadly similar in Europe. HPE dominated the market with a 39 percent share based on 207,646 shipments, a 2.1 percent increase year on year. This led to revenues of $1.14bn for the quarter.
HPE’s growth came at the expense of its rivals. Dell saw its market share fall 1.2 percent compared with the same period last year to 20 percent, while Fujitsu lost nine percent of its market share.
Only Cisco, rising 28 percent, offered any fightback, although the firm still has only four percent of the overall market.
Lenovo saw a huge rise in revenues in Europe, from just $15m to $256m, to take a 6.5 percent market share, up 380 percent on 2014, but this is skewed by the IBM acquisition.
Gartner research director Adrian O’Connell explained that the strength of HP and Dell is putting other vendors at risk of becoming second-tier providers.
“The EMEA server market is at risk of bifurcating into HP, Dell and then everyone else,” he said.
“All vendors face challenges but, aside from Cisco, most are losing share to HP and Dell. The pressure is on to improve efficiencies now or be left behind in the race for future enterprise business.”