The slowing of the server market came after six straight quarters of double-digit revenue growth. Volume server revenue grew 4.2% to US$16.7 billion, while mid-range server revenue increased 30.2% to US$2.1 billion.
Revenue from high-end systems fell for the second consecutive quarter, falling 24.7% year-on-year to US$976 million.
"Demand from both enterprise buyers and hyperscale companies purchasing through ODMs was less voracious than in previous quarters; coupled with a difficult compare period from a year ago, this impacted the pace of market growth during the first quarter," said Sebastian Lagana, research manager, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC.
Dell was the top revenue earner for the quarter, with 20.2%, followed by HPE/New H3C Group (17.8%) and Inspur/Inspur Power Systems (6.2%).
In terms of shipments, Dell was again the top vendor, accounting for 20% of global shipments.