Gartner released 2017 Q3 worldwide X86 server market report. The data indicates that the global server market continues to grow this quarter with worldwide x86 server shipments increasing by 5.3% and revenue increasing by 16.7% to 2,814,825 units and $13.2B respectively. Vendor market share also saw some changes, with Dell EMC and HPE maintaining top 2 and Inspur taking the 3rd position.
Quarterly graph of changes in server shipments, 2015-2017
Compared with the first two quarters, the growth rate of the global X86 server market in Q3 was up from -4.0% and 2.6% to 5.3%, with CSPs’ investment on data center infrastructure as a main driving force.
2017 Q3 Growth Rate of x86 server shipments per Region
The vendor shares saw some changes in Q3. While Dell EMC and Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE) maintained the top 2 positions, Inspur rose to occupy the 3rd position with both revenue and shipments ranking 3rd. In recent years, Inspur has been the fastest-growing vendor. Among the past 14 quarters, Inspur witnessed the fastest growth worldwide in 8 quarters.
2017Q3 Worldwide Vendor Ranking of x86 Server
In terms of regional markets, North America and China are the fastest-growing regions, with 7.8% and 9.5% YoY growth respectively. The rapid development of the Internet and cloud data centers has brought thriving market demand for servers in these regions. In China, the growth of the country’s server market was not only driven by increased procurement by operators, but also by large shipments to the enterprise market. According to Gartner, the market for Chinese enterprises has increased significantly as more businesses and government transfer their business systems from traditional data centers to cloud data centers.
Internet industries have reached a stage of high customization, making it necessary for companies to reorganize and adjust their existing supply chain based on customer needs, to enable quick responses to customer demand, flexible decisions, and fast and high-quality deliveries. This is a challenge to all conventional server vendors. Inspur has been able to adapt to this challenging environment and maintain its rapid growth by JDM (Joint Design Manufacturing) model innovation and applying it to large-scale cloud data centers in the region, allowing it to ride out unfavorable conditions in the global market, such as price increases in memory, solid state drives and other components, and international exchange rate fluctuations to win customer trust. Inspur supplies servers to 5 out of 10 largest global top-tier internet technology companies.
“Demand from CSP customers determine the direction of the global server market,” said Vice President of Inspur Group, Peter Peng. “Inspur focuses on smart computing for large-scale data center applications and provides products to customer that are higher in performance and efficiency through technological innovation. Through use of JDM model innovation and by adapting to internet application scenarios, Inspur works closely with our customers to integrate a full cycle cooperative business process of joint research and development, supply chain management, production, payment and delivery to achieve long-term win-win relationship with our customers.”
In the next 10 years, smart computing focused on cloud, big data and AI will be the focus of future IT investments, accounting for more than 70% of the computing industry. Emerging applications, such as big data and AI, will stimulate CSPs to continue to invest in the build out of cloud data centers and related technology.