Illustrating the strength of our end to end solutions portfolio, Dell’s market share momentum continued in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 across multiple lines of business. According to data recently released by the industry analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC), Dell was able to grow faster than the industry in several key areas.
Here is an overview of our market share performance by product line:
The fourth quarter of 2014 marked the eighth consecutive quarter that Dell’s PC business grew faster than the industry. In a consolidating market, Dell grew 8.5 percent year-over-year, gaining +1.5 points of market share, with gains in every region, in both desktops and notebooks, and in both consumer and commercial. We believe our award-winning products, highlighted by our recent success at CES, will enable us to continue this momentum in 2015.
Cloud Client Computing
As the industry leader in enterprise client devices, Dell regained the #1 worldwide ranking in Q4, growing 12.0 percent (vs. overall market decline of -12.5 percent) and expanding our market share by +5.9 points to 27.2 percent.
Dell’s success in the mainstream x-86 server market accelerated in Q4 as we were the only major vendor to take both year-over-year and sequential unit share. Dell grew units by 8.6 percent in a market that grew at only 7.0 percent, allowing us to gain +0.3 points of share year-over-year and maintain our #2 worldwide spot with 24.7 percent market share. With our most advanced server line to date, including the 13th generation of PowerEdge servers which continue to be recognized for their performance and system management capabilities, we believe we are well positioned in this accelerating market in 2015.
During Q4, Dell was the only vendor to grow faster than the industry on a year-over-year basis. Dell grew 6.4 percent, taking +0.2 points of share, the first time we have outgrown the industry in 12 quarters. In addition, during the full year 2014, we held the number one position in total storage capacity shipped including both internal and external storage. We continue to make investments in our storage business, including the recently announced Dell Storage all-flash array, which has the lowest entry price for an all-flash, mid-range storage solution by any major vendor.
Finally, Dell Networking momentum continued in Q4 with faster-than-market sequential growth and 2.8 percent year-over-year growth. With a market-leading approach around open standards, Dell Networking provides a robust infrastructure to scale our customer’s growth.
In 2014, Dell significantly expanded its portfolio of notebooks, desktops, thin clients, servers, storage and networking products, backed by industry-leading support, to deliver our customers the world’s most secure, reliable and valued technology solutions. These products and services, paired with Dell’s focus on a best-in-class customer experience, translated into a wide range of share gains during the fourth quarter, and set the foundation for continued momentum in the coming year.