The leading four-socket server isn’t Dell or HPE. Surprise!

In a recent worldwide server market report, Gartner, has given the four-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor.

Huawei has been letting everyone know that it’s the four-socket server number one: Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in the global market.”

They have said that the mainframe and the non-X86 mid-range server markets are shrinking, with the X86 servers taking over the mid-range.

This has spelt opportunity and Huawei have launched servers with four, eight, sixteen and many more sockets.

In March, they had announced the world’s first 32-socket X86 server which has been said to be for mission-critical app use.

If Huawei keeps on growing at this rate they could soon overtake Lenovo and then be set to challenge HPE. Out of the top five server vendors, three are Chinese and represent about 18% of the market which exceeds HPE’s share.

In the Chinese market for the second quarter, Huawei ranked number one for both rack-optimised and rack-blade server’s shipment volumes. The Chinese market is growing ever so quickly which could drive the Chinese server vendors to the top of the unit ship and revenue rankings in a few years. For Dell and HPE this will be an unwelcoming development.

This has also promoted the thought that Cisco’s UCS server shipment numbers are not increasing that fast as well as that Cisco is a bit-player server-wise.

Below is a bar chart showing the results of the number of server unit ships by vendor: