The worldwide server market continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2019 as revenue increased 5.1 percent and shipments grew 11.7 percent year over year, according to data from Gartner. In all of 2019, worldwide server shipments declined 3.1 percent and server revenue declined 2.5 percent compared with full-year 2018.

Dell EMC secured the top spot in the worldwide server market based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019. Despite a decline of 9.9 percent year over year, Dell EMC secured 17.3 percent market share, followed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) with 15.4 percent of the market. IBM experienced the strongest growth in the quarter, growing 28.6 percent and securing a market share of 10 percent. Inspur Electronics and Huawei closed the top five with market shares of 8 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively.

In server shipments, Dell EMC maintained the No. 1 position in the fourth quarter of 2019 with 14.2 percent market share. HPE secured the second spot with 10.8 percent of the market. Both Dell EMC and HPE experienced declines in server shipments. Inspur and Huawei took the 3rd and 4th spots in the classification with market shares of 7.7 percent and 6.9 percent. 

Lenovo, placed fifth in terms of market share with a market slice of 6 percent, experienced the strongest growth with a 22.4 percent increase in shipments in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Full-year 2019 server market results

In 2019, both worldwide server shipments and revenue declined, with shipments falling 3.1 percent and revenue down 2.5 percent. 

As for vendor performance, Dell EMC took the top spot in both revenue and shipments with 20.5 percent market share and 16.3 percent market share, respectively. HPE secured the No. 2 position with market share of 17.3 percent in revenue and 12.3 percent in shipments. Inspur Electronics is the only vendor in the top five that grew in both revenue and shipments in 2019.

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