Strong rise in X86 servers moving to data centres

HPE, with over 62%, is the most obtrusive party when it comes to X86 servers. The HPE share is also high in the public segment and companies with 50 to 250 employees, namely 66 and 62% respectively. After HPE, the competitors, led by Dell and followed by Lenovo, Cisco, and Fujitsu, have acquired most shares at locations of national enterprises and multinationals. These results have emerged from an analysis by Computer Profile of about 5,800 interviews held 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 about a quarter of the X86 servers. Its share is biggest at locations of multinationals where it has almost 30%. Levono is in third place in the field of X86 servers. About 6% of these servers are a Lenovo system. At the end of 2014, Lenovo took over the server branch (X86 systems) of IBM. The share of Fujitsu is limited to barely 1%. The market shares of the four biggest vendors have hardly changed in recent years, apart from in the case of Cisco. Their market share certainly has grown. In the period from 2010 to the present time, the HPE share has fluctuated between 59 and 65%, that of Dell between 22 and 25%, and that of IBM/Lenovo between 6 and 8%.

Continual drop in locations with local X86 servers

The downward trend in the number of locations which have operated X86 servers on their premises is still continuing. In 2011, the percentage was still higher than 90%, but that has fallen rapidly in recent years. In 2013, 73% of the locations still had locally operating servers, but so far in 2017 that has dropped further to 56%.


The general fall in the number of servers can easily be explained. In recent years, particularly in the public domain and amongst multinationals, 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 16 per cent in 2011 to the current level of 59%.