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It's often feast or famine for server vendors and the first quarter clearly fell in the feast category.
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According to IDC, server makers generated record first quarter revenue gains as hyperscale cloud providers ramped and enterprises upgraded their infrastructure.
In the first quarter, global server market revenue was $18.8 billion, up 38.6 percent from a ago. Server shipments were up nearly 21 percent to 2.7 million units in the first quarter.
Dell was among the big winners in the server binge, but whitebox manufacturers benefited the most. Cloud service providers often have their own server designs.
IDC noted that server demand was driven by software defined infrastructure, Intel's Purely platform and next-generation workloads such as machine learning, analytics, and artificial intelligence. Prices for servers also increased.
For those keeping score at home, Dell and HPE were in a statistical tie for market share with 19.1 percent and 18.6 percent, respectively. Dell delivered the fastest growth at 50.6 percent in the first quarter. Lenovo, IBM and Cisco were roughly tied for third place. Dell accounted for 20.6 percent of all units shipped.
However, original design manufacturers (the whitebox crowd) grew at a 57.1 percent clip in the first quarter.
Here's a look at the gains on units. Note Super Micro and Inspur showing growth.
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