Vendor revenue in the worldwide server market increased 37.7%, year over year to $23.4 billion during the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. Worldwide server shipments increased 18.3% year over year to 3.2 million units in 3Q18.

The overall server market continues to experience robust demand with 3Q18 marking the fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue growth and its highest total revenue in a single quarter ever, says IDC. Volume server revenue increased by 40.2% to $20.0 billion, while midrange server revenue grew 39.4% to $2.0 billion. High-end systems grew 6.9% to $1.3 billion.

“The worldwide server market once again generated strong revenue and unit shipment growth due to an ongoing enterprise refresh cycle and continued demand from cloud service providers,” said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. “Enterprise infrastructure requirements from resource intensive next-generation applications support increasingly rich configurations, ensuring average selling prices (ASPs) remain elevated against the year-ago quarter. At the same time, hyperscalers continue to upgrade and expand their datacenter capabilities.”

Overall Server Market Standings, by Company

Dell achieved the number one position in the worldwide server market in 3Q18 with 17.5% revenue share and 33.3% growth.

HPE/New H3C Group was the second largest supplier with 16.3% share of total vendor revenue, growing 14.8%.

Inspur/Inspur Power Systems took third position in the market with a share of 7.3% while the new joint venture contributed to 156.5% growth year over year.

Lenovo was fourth with a share of 6.2% on 67.0% growth.

IBM, Huawei, and Cisco rounded out the top five, all statistically tied with vendor revenue shares of 5.1%, 4.5%, and 4.5% respectively.

The ODM Direct group of vendors increased its collective revenue by 51.9% year over year to nearly $6.3 billion. Dell led the worldwide server market in terms of unit shipments, accounting for 17.6% of all units shipped during the quarter.

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