Dell’s x86 Server Shipment Growth Outpaces the Marketplace

Dell announced this week that its year-over-year x86 server market growth outpaced the worldwide market and the next two largest competitors, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Q2 2012 Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker. As a result, Dell achieved the No. 1 rank in the Americas with 34.8 percent market segment share for x86 server shipments. Worldwide, Dell gained 1.7 points both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter. Dell was the only top x86 server vendor to grow faster in x86 shipments than the industry year-over-year, in both the Americas and EMEA.

Also highlighted by IDC’s report is Dell’s sustained leadership in the density optimized server market, which represents compact servers designed specifically for scale-out environments. Since IDC’s initial public reporting of its density optimized server category in 2011, Dell has been the market share leader in this category for 10 of the past 12 quarters and currently holds 54.2 percent market share in this segment worldwide. This is supported by year-over-year market share gains in the Americas and EMEA by 19.7 points and 17.0 points, respectively. According to the report, the density optimized server market grew worldwide and posted year-over-year shipment growth of 38.9 percent. This growth was driven by the Americas, which made up 70.4 percent of worldwide units in Q2 2012.

At Dell, we are committed to developing server solutions of all types based on direct customer feedback. We continue to lead the industry in hyperscale servers with innovations designed by customers and engineered by Dell. Our award-winning PowerEdge 12th generation servers are also delighting customers and growing faster than the competition. Based on input gathered from more than 7,700 customer interactions in 17 countries across four continents, the new family of servers is:

  • Easy to manage, with the world’s only full generation of rack and tower servers to all offer Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7) with Lifecycle Controller 2.0 for deploying, updating, maintaining and monitoring systems without a software management agent, regardless of operating system;
  • Power efficient with significantly improved cooling at increased density, such as the Dell PowerEdge M820 which is the first Dell four socket blade server capable of Fresh Air configuration;
  • Industry-leading in density with the Dell PowerEdge M420, the world’s only quarter height two socket blade server, offering extreme computational density, performance and efficiency; and
  • Highly decorated with third-party honors, including accolades and competitive product reviews.

About the Author: Brian Payne

Brian Payne leads a team responsible for defining the portfolio strategy as well as the detailed definitions for each offer in the portfolio. In his role, Brian collaborates across the Dell Technologies portfolio inclusive of the full line of Dell EMC infrastructure products as well as the software products such as the VMware Virtual Cloud Foundation portfolio.  Brian and members of his organization regularly engage with customers around the world to better understand their challenges and help them better understand how Dell can help them achieve their goals.  The insights gathered from our customers through these engagements coupled with primary research fuel the innovation engine for new offer development. Brian has over twenty years of product development experience at Dell.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.