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Addison Snell Christopher G. Willard Ph.D. Worldwide HPC 2019 Total Market Model: Server Revenue Shares

Intersect360 Research defines HPC as the use of servers, clusters, and supercomputers—plus associated software, tools, components, storage, and services—for scientific, engineering, or analytical tasks that are particularly intensive in computation, memory usage, or data management. Intersect360 Research reports available in this series include the following segmentations:

  • Products and services: servers, storage, networks, software, service, cloud, other
  • Vertical markets: academia, national security, national research labs, national agencies, state or local governments, bio sciences, chemical engineering, consumer product manufacturing, electronics, energy, financial services, large product manufacturing, media and entertainment, retail, transportation, other
  • Regions: North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Latin America
  • Server class (HPC server revenue): entry-level, midrange, high-end, supercomputer
  • Cloud categories (HPC cloud revenue): raw cycles, cloud storage, application hosting (SaaS), infrastructure hosting (IaaS, PaaS), other
  • Software categories (HPC software revenue): operating environments, developer tools, middleware, storage software, transfer costs, application software, other
  • Services categories (HPC services revenue): maintenance and repair, system engineering, system integration, training, programming services, other
  • HPC server market shares (current year only, not forecast)
  • HPC storage market shares (current year only, not forecast)

The HPC server market worldwide was $13.2 billion in 2019, up 2.4% from 2018. Reversing the trend from 2018, in 2019 servers were the slowest growth product or service category in HPC, due to a continued expansion in cloud computing, together with an increase in managed services contracts, facilities outsourcing, or other indirect arrangements that might be termed “cloud-like.”

While 2019 showed modest growth overall in HPC server revenue, results were markedly different between vendors. The prevailing story is that the leading market share vendors lost revenue, and this was made up by large gains from smaller vendors.

HPE and Dell EMC remain the two dominant vendors of HPC servers, with a combined 60.0% market share. Both companies declined slightly in HPC server revenue in 2019, opposite the overall growth trend. HPE lost slightly more than Dell EMC, bringing the two companies even closer together, with less than a half-point of market share separating them. HPE still holds the number-one revenue share position for HPC servers, for the seventh consecutive year. HPE benefited somewhat from its acquisition of Cray, which was completed in September 2019; HPE will realize the full effect of the acquisition in 2020.

This report gives specific HPC server revenues, shares, and analysis for Atos, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HPE, Huawei, IBM, Inspur, Lenovo, and Penguin Computing. These nine vendors were responsible for over 80% of HPC server market revenue. This report also includes brief discussion of other noteworthy vendors, including Cisco, Hitachi, Intel, NEC, NVIDIA, Sugon, and Supermicro.







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What Is HPC? 6


Table 1: HPC Server Revenue ($000), 2019 vs. 2018, by Vendor, with Revenue Shares 8

Figure 1: HPC Server Revenue Shares by Vendor, 2019 8

Figure 2: HPC Server Revenue ($000) by Vendor, 2018-19 9

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