While there was little change in the list of servers currently used or anticipated in the 2011 "State of Server Technology" report, there were some jumps in the percentages. Dell PowerEdge remained at the top of the list, cited by 71% of 676 respondents in 2011, an increase from 67% in 2010. "This is likely because of Dell's well-earned perception as delivering the most bang for the buck," wrote report author Kurt Marko.
HP ProLiant held steady at No. 2 but saw a drop from 63% in 2010 to 60% in 2011. Placing fourth with an increase from 31% of respondents to 37% was the IBM System x (x86). The companies placed similarly in the perception of their vendor value propositions.