back to article Server sales dead? No sir, not in Q4

Gartner's Q4 server sales count has confirmed a shipment boom took place as hyperscalers, cloud buyers and on-premise all dug deep to freshen their infrastructure. The beanies said global server revenue jumped 25.7 per cent year-on-year to $18.56bn and box sales went up 8.8 per cent to 3.19 million units. The worldwide …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They'll need those new boxes to compensate for the kneecapping of current CPUs to fix the security problems with them.

  2. Hans 1 Silver badge


    Looks like a mammoth is finally on its knees ... I guess the layoffs are showing ... too late, you can hire as much as you like, the good staff you dumped have found elsewhere ... you'll probably get the lousy nobody else wants, now ...

    Treat your proles like garbage and you will only ever be able to hire garbage!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: HPE

      Show me on the doll where HPE touched you!

      Interesting interpretation of the data. Growth, statistical tie for number 1 with Dell, and a 20% increase in average selling price (ties in with the stated direction of value over volume and profitable growth). Revenue for show, profit for dough! And that's HPE 'on its' knees'?

      1. Hans 1 Silver badge

        Re: HPE


        Well, you have to read the EMEA data, everyone has seen growth in revenue, except HPE, flat revenue, they sold less, for more because they passed on price hikes to their customers ... even if revenue had been positive, it would have had to been very high ... world-wide, single digit increase in revenue, with price hikes, the others saw double digit growth, world-wide ... that tells me they are currently on the top of the wave, from now on, it will go downhill ... increases in costs will not save them next year and their delusions will start showing ... They were #1 Q4 2016 world-wide revenue per quarter, now #2, overtaken by Dell in Q4 ... unless they invert the trend, they will become #2 ... and since they recently dumped quite a lot of staff, THAT is not reflected in the numbers, yet .... expect lower quality of service and customers going elsewhere ... shareholders are OK, they will get hefty dividends, but that only works so long ...

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: HPE

          Well that's an interesting bundle of personal opinion and assumption.

          Rev up, all be it less than others.

          IF the increase in average selling price is because they are passing costs onto customers, when others aren't, then their margins are going to be better than others. More likely it is because of HPE's move away from high volume, low differentiation, low margin lines, as reported on The Reg many months ago. Especially evident given the large increase in 'others'.

          Why are layoffs in the past 6 months not reflected in the numbers yet? HPE's pretty decent Q1 also isn't reflected either, due to the unusual FY that HPE has.

  3. Naselus

    Presumably everyone is gearing up in preparation for serverless, then

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Temporary Hike

    Just because Q4 took a spike in revenue,

    it doesn’t mean that a steady decline isn’t imminent.

  5. baspax

    Look at those Inspur guys. Can we please get more info on them?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How much of this bump is the new Intel proc?

    Intel moved to a new design mid-2017.

    Was there pent up demand for this, or is there really this much demand for Bitcoin mining?

  7. Korev Silver badge

    "Branded vendors made hay while sun shone"

    Sadly not since Oracle bought them...

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