Server innovation from Dell EMC, HPE, Inspur and Huawei

The global server market is expected to achieve 5 percent growth to 12.42 million units in 2018, according to DRAMeXchange, a division of TrendForce.
Server vendor revenue share Q2 2018Dell EMC with 16.7 percent, HPE with 15.1 percent, and Inspur with 7.8 percent will be the top three server suppliers.

IT market in North America will contribute to more than 30 percent of the global server shipments.

Enterprise servers account for the majority of the global shipments while the percentage of servers used for Internet data center grows to nearly 35 percent.

Server shipment growth is expected to slow down to 2 percent in the first half of 2019, as the stock-ups for migration to the latest processor platform began earlier than expected and have approached the end by 2018.

The server market may gain from new demand in the second half after the introduction new platforms like Gen2 from Intel and Rome from AMD.

The latest IDC report said server market rose 37.7 percent to $23.4 billion in the third quarter of 2018. Volume server revenue grew 40.2 percent to $20 billion, midrange server revenue grew 39.4 percent to $2 billion, and high-end systems grew 6.9 percent to $1.3 billion.

Meanwhile, the serverless market will approach $19.26 billion 2025 – dominated by North America and Asia Pacific as 25 percent of enterprise will deploy serverless applications by 2023. Main operational challenges are architectural complexity, lack of operational management tools, and loss of control due to exposing APIs to third parties.

Dell EMC

Dell EMC and HPE dominate the market of commercial servers. Dell EMC has 10 percent share in the global cloud infrastructure market. The company will continue to increase the share of storage servers in its product mixes.

Dell EMC services customers across 180 countries – including 98 percent of the Fortune 500.

Dell EMC PowerEdge MX740c and MX840c servers support the full Intel Xeon Scalable Processors with up to six terabytes of memory.

The MX740c is the industry’s only single-width, two socket, modular server that can house and tier up to six 2.5” NVMe, SAS or SATA drives. The MX840c can hold up to and tier eight drives. Customers can expect up to 55 percent reduction in switching latency for highly-scalable, multi-chassis fabric architectures.

HPE

HPE, which is more profit-oriented, has stopped selling servers for low-profit hyperscale server infrastructure. Instead, it has turned to enterprise integration and hyper-coverage solutions to increase revenue.

HPE says its ProLiant ML30 Gen10 server, which are aimed at small and medium business organizations, is suitable for core business applications, whether deployed in bare-metal or virtualized environments.

Customers of HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen10 server can select a range of Intel Pentium, Core or Xeon processors, up to 64GB of fast 2666MT/s DDR4 DIMMs, and choice of four large form factor or eight small form factor drives.

Inspur

Inspur ships nearly one million servers. Huawei increased its server shipments by 20 percent.

Inspur’s server shipments have increased to nearly 1 million units, with almost 30 percent of shipment going to the China market.

A majority of Inspur’s ODM business and server orders comes from internet companies in China, especially tier-1 companies like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent and tier-2 companies like Toutiao, Meituan, Didi, and JD.

Inspur recently launched the i48 server at the International Supercomputing Conference 2018 (ISC18).

Inspur said its i48 server supports 8 high-density compute nodes, 4 computing-storage balanced nodes and 2 large-capacity storage nodes in a 4U chassis. i48 increases deployment efficiency by 800 percent and lowers energy consumption by 18 percent. i48 saves 8 percent and 15 percent of costs for single node compared with blade servers and rack servers respectively.

Huawei

Huawei has registered record 20 percent growth due to stable orders from telecom operators. Huawei sells around 70 percent of the servers in the Chinese market, while the balance goes to European carmakers and telecom operators’ server (5G and telecom server) and data center construction.

Rajani Baburajan