According to IDC APeJ Server tracker, the x86 Server market in India grew by 13 percent year-on-year in terms of unit shipment in Q3 2015, while the revenue upswing was of the magnitude of 25 percent year-on-year. Investments from communications service providers, e-commerce companies and hosting service providers majorly contributed to this quarter’s compute demand.
The non x86 server market grew by 37 percent year-on-year in terms of unit shipments and 31 percent in terms of revenue in Q3 2015. Communications & Media vertical in particular was the prominent contributor to this growth; primarily owing to new 4G roll-outs and refresh deals, which are expected to continue in the forthcoming quarters.
With 19 percent year-on-year growth in terms of unit shipments, white box providers are gaining positive traction in the server marketplace. High-performance compute (HPC) servers remain a focus area for most white box solution providers, with media and production houses as their key clients.
According to Gaurav Sharma, Research Manager- Enterprise & IPDS, IDC India, “Compute demand in India is expected to surge on the back of government initiatives, telecom rollouts, rise in compute hungry applications, increasing adoption and need of 3rd platform solutions and rising domestic demand. As more compute starts finding space in data centres, efficiency and manageability are starting to emerge as key future requirements.”
India x86 Server Vendor Market Share in units Q3 2015
Source: IDC APeJ Server Tracker Q3 2015
In India x86 market, HP regained its leading position in Q3 2015 with 39 percent market share in terms of unit shipment, followed by Dell with a market share of 28 percent. Lenovo’s market share dropped from 16 percent to 12 percent year-on-year. White box providers witnessed 1 percent market share gain, up from 10 percent in Q3 2014 to 11 percent in Q3 2015, in terms of absolute unit shipment. Cisco maintained a consistent market share of 5 percent year-on-year, and witnessed 18 percent year-on-year growth in terms of absolute unit shipment.
On the revenue front, HP continued to lead with 44 percent market share, followed closely by Dell at 31 percent market share. Lenovo held 9 percent market share, followed by Cisco and white box providers at 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively.
IDC India Forecast
Server market in India is expected to grow (directly or indirectly) in the coming quarters owing to government campaigns like “Make in India” and the proposed GST bill. Further investments towards digitization, paperless transactions and mobility are expected to propel server demand across all major verticals including Professional services, Banking, Education and Healthcare. Communications & Media, Retail and Transportation verticals are expected to invest in their IT infrastructure upgrades in the coming quarters.