While personal computer sales have suffered from slowed growth in the recent years, Dell Technologies’ most recent fiscal-year 2017 fourth-quarter report released Thursday speaks to the legacy tech firm’s continued leadership in a reviving PC industry.
Dell Technologies, now the owner of EMC and its portfolio company VMware Inc. (VMW) after completing the tech industry’s largest deal ever last year, competes against PC and printing giant HP Inc. (HPQ) and Lenovo in the PC segment. (See also: What the EMC-Dell Merger Means for VMware.)
PC Shipments of 11 Million
In the most recent fiscal fourth quarter ended Feb. 3, the Round Rock, Texas-based company says PC shipments of 11 million represented the highest volume of products shipments since the fourth quarter of 2011. Dell’s PC shipments rose 8.2% year over year (YOY) in Q4, the “best among the top seven PC vendors,” and marking the company’s 16th consecutive quarter of gains in the segment. Dell’s total PC market share rose half a percentage point in 2016.
Strength in New Areas
The old-guard tech company indicated that its business segment, which makes infrastructure such as storage and servers, regained its top position in the worldwide server space, attributing the growth to “mainstream” machines with its PowerEdge technology.
Dell also said it secured a “number one market share in flash-arrays,” in which EMC competes with enterprise IT leader Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE), Pure Storage (PSTG), NetApp (NTAP) and Nimble Storage (NMBL), soon to be bought out by Palo Alto, Calif.-based HPE. Dell also touted its position as “the industry’s fastest growing hyperconverged infrastructure vendor during the calendar fourth quarter with more than 300% demand growth.”
Dell Chief Financial Officer Tom Sweet spoke to the firm’s strategy moving forward into 2017, in which the company plans to “drive momentum forward beginning with our new sales go-to-market capabilities, and continue to target identified revenue and cost synergies while investing in our broad portfolio of solutions.” (See also: PC Market Slows its Decline in Q4.)