In the second quarter of 2017, global shipments of servers grew by 2.4% in response to strong regional performance in Asia Pacific, according to a new report released by Gartner.

In the second quarter of this year, worldwide server revenue also increased by 2.8% year-on-year, reaching $13.94 billion (approx. £10.5 billion) for the period.

‘The second quarter of 2017 produced some growth compared with the first quarter on a global level, with varying regional results,’ noted Gartner research VP Jeffrey Hewitt.

‘The growth for the quarter is attributable to two main factors. The first is strong regional performance in Asia/Pacific because of data center infrastructure build-outs, mostly in China. The second is ongoing hyperscale data center growth that is exhibited in the self-build/ODM (original design manufacturer) segment.’

Hewitt continued that x86 servers increased by 2.5% in shipments, and 6.9% in revenue, but RISC/Itanium Unix servers fell globally for the same period, down by 21.4% in shipments and 24.9% in vendor revenue compared to the same quarter last year.

‘The ‘other’ CPU category, which is primarily mainframes, showed a decline of 29.5% in revenue,’ he added.

The report found that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) continues to lead the global server market in terms of revenue. While it experienced a 9.4% fall, the company recorded $3.2 billion in revenue for a total share of 23% for Q2 2017.

Dell EMC placed in second with 7% growth and 19.9% market share. Huawei posted the highest growth of all – growing 57.8% over the quarter.

In server shipments, Dell EMC maintained its position at the helm during the second quarter with 17.5% market share. HPE came in second, with 17.1% of the market.

Inspur Electronics experienced the highest growth in shipments with 31.5%, followed by Huawei with 26.1% growth.