It had 17.5 percent of market share, followed by HPE at 16.3 percent. HPE had held top position for the same period in 2017.
Overall revenue in the global server market increased 37.7 percent year-on-year to $23.4 billion in the third quarter, marking its highest total revenue in a single quarter.
Volume server revenue grew by 40.2 percent to $20 billion, while midrange server revenue increased 39.4 percent to $2 billion and high-end systems grew 6.9 percent to $1.3 billion.
Sebastian Lagana, research manager of infrastructure platforms and technologies at IDC said: “The worldwide server market once again generated strong revenue and unit shipment growth due to an ongoing enterprise refresh cycle and continued demand from cloud service providers. Enterprise infrastructure requirements from resource-intensive next-generation applications support increasingly rich configurations, ensuring average selling prices (ASPs) remain elevated against the year-ago quarter. At the same time, hyperscalers continue to upgrade and expand their datacentre capabilities.”
IDC combined the joint ventures between HPE and the New H3C Group, as well as that of Inspur and IBM, into its calculations.
Third-placed Inspur witnessed the highest growth among vendors for the period, with 156.5 percent year-on-year growth.
The top five vendors in the server revenue space were rounded out by Lenovo, and a three-way tie of IBM, Cisco and Huawei in fifth place.
Dell also led the worldwide server market regarding unit shipments, accounting for 17.6 percent of all units shipped during the quarter. It was followed by HPE, Inspur, Lenovo and Huawei and Super Micro tied for fifth place.
Global server shipments increased 18.3 percent year-on-year to 3.2 million units in the quarter.