The number of local X86 servers on the Belgian business market is decreasing.

HPE is the most obtrusive party within the x86 servers domain. Of all x86 servers which Computer Profile has charted within the Belgian business market, over 60% of them are an HPE system. The share of HPE is also high in multinationals, about 70%. The competitors, led by Dell and followed by Lenovo and Fujitsu, have acquired most shares at locations of national enterprises and at companies from the public sector. This emerges from the approximately 3,100 interviews which Computer Profile conducted with IT managers from company offices with 50 or more employees on the use of server systems.

Dell has a share in the installed base of over a fifth of the x86 servers. Its share is biggest amongst larger commercial institutions (national enterprises). Lenovo is still in third place in the field of x86 servers. Around 7% of all servers are Lenovo systems. At the end of 2014, Lenovo took over the server branch (X86 systems) from IBM. The share of Fujitsu is very close behind. The shares of the four biggest vendors have hardly changed in recent years. In the period from 2012 to the present time, the HPE share has constantly fluctuated between 57 and 61%, that of Dell between 20 and 23%, and that of IBM/Lenovo between 7 and 10%.

Continuation of decrease in locations with local x86-servers

The drop in the number of locations which have operated x86 servers on their premises is still continuing. In 2013, the percentage was still around 88%, but that has fallen even further in recent years. Last year, over 84% of the locations had locally operating servers, but so far in 2017 that has dropped further to less than 80%.

Obviously, this fall can also be seen in the market share of the different vendors. The most prominent manufacturer is HPE. Just like last year, 61% of the x86 servers are from HPE.

The segments where HPE has the highest market share as compared to other vendors are the construction industry (70%) and manufacturing (73%). Dell x86 servers are found at over 21% of all locations. Segments where an above average number of Dell servers are used are education (50%) and health care (27%). Lenovo x86 servers are found in above average numbers at company offices from the transport industry (20%).

The general fall in the number of servers can easily be explained. In recent years, there have been a lot of consolidations to data centres and shared service centres.  Over the last five years, the percentage of company offices which say that they have outsourced (part of) the server fleet has risen from 28% in 2012 to the current level of 36%.

Falling numbers of servers

Not only are there now x86 servers in fewer locations than in the past, but also the (average) number of servers at locations which still make use of on-site x86 servers is also gradually falling. In the period from April 2015 to April 2017 inclusive, there was a visible fall from an average of 6.5 to 5.1 x86 servers, a drop of 1.4 servers per location. The sharpest fall has been in locations of multinationals where the average number of servers fell from 12.4 to 7.9 x86 servers in this period.