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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 31, 2016 – According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, the trusted source for market information about the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT industries, server shipments floundered in the first half of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Shipments to Cloud data centers are expected to accelerate in the second half of the year.

“In line with our expectations, server sales declined in the first half of the year as major tailwinds tapered down – such as IBM’s Z13 refresh cycle, as well as richer configurations on Grantley-based enterprise servers,” said Sameh Boujelbene, Director at Dell’Oro Group. “Meanwhile, Cloud data centers remain a bright spot in this mature server market, albeit helping shipments instead of revenue. We expect Cloud server shipment growth to accelerate in the remaining half of the year as major Cloud providers are planning more data center expansions and buildouts than the first half of the year,” added Boujelbene.

Highlights from the 2Q16 Server Quarterly Report include:

  • Amazon and Microsoft contributed the most to Cloud server shipment growth during the quarter.
  • Growth in specific Cloud providers, as well as the geolocations of their new data centers, benefited not only white box server vendors, but also some traditional U.S.-based vendors.
  • China grew the strongest among the regions tracked. While it remains dominated by Chinese vendors, some U.S.-based leading vendors are making headway in the Chinese server market.

About the Report

Dell’Oro Group’s Server Quarterly Report provides complete, in-depth coverage of the market with tables covering manufacturers’ revenue, unit, and port shipments for Blade, High-Density and Stand-Alone servers.  Network attach rates, virtualization attach rates and VM density, common equipment overlap between storage, servers and switching, and white box versus traditional enterprise server shipments are included.  To purchase this report, contact Matt Dear at +1.650.622.9400 x223 or email


Dell’Oro Group is a market research firm that specializes in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, networks, and data center IT markets.  Our firm provides in-depth quantitative data and qualitative analysis to facilitate critical, fact-based business decisions.  For more information, contact Dell’Oro Group at +1.650.622.9400 or visit