Quantifying server shipments is something that a number of firms try to track, with IDC being perhaps the most well known. In IDC’s latest report, Dell EMC came out on top in two of the most watched metrics: revenue and unit volume.
Dell EMC Moving to the Top Spot in Servers
The head of the Dell EMC server portfolio, Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, penned a blog post announcing the triumph. For industry observers, Dell (EMC) has had a long history of being strong in unit volume even if it lagged in revenue. That comes from a history of selling lower ASP servers while others focused on higher priced parts of the market. For the first time, Dell EMC has moved into a leadership position for both unit and revenue categories.
In the market today, Dell EMC has a lot of momentum. With the EMC acquisition and VMware being in the Dell Technologies family, the company is taking full advantage of having a huge IT portfolio. At the same time, HPE has been divesting of businesses. Those divestitures have left it with a smaller portfolio to compete with. As a result, HPE losing a leadership position in the revenue space was expected.
At STH, we are wrapping up our testing of the Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 one of their 14th generation servers.
As a preview, the Dell EMC PowerEdge R640 has been performing extremely well so stay tuned for that review. We can see that as Dell EMC continues refining the winning formula of its PowerEdge line that it leads to commercial success. There is a rather large delta between the form and function of a Dell EMC PowerEdge server and some of the cost optimized servers we review.
Critics of the IDC tallying method like to ping on the fact that “everyone knows” there are large swaths of the server industry that are not readily reported such as the massive server farms for certain government agencies or hyperscale deployments. At the same time, this is a metric that is closely followed and the Dell EMC shift is showing that the company is able to manage a larger portfolio, something its competitors have failed at.