Worldwide server shipments for the second quarter of 2006 increased 12.8% over the same quarter last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 2.5%, according to Gartner.
The market research firm found that worldwide server revenue totalled $12.4bn for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached two million units. ‘The two server categories that exhibited the greatest strengths were x86 and blade servers,’ comments Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner.
‘x86 servers and x86 blade servers continue to be the systems of choice for growing the front and middle tiers of the Web infrastructure. RISC-Itanium Unix servers grew 1.8% in shipments for the quarter but dropped a more significant 2.6% in revenue. This segment continues to be hotly contested on a global basis, but suffered from constrained revenue overall in the second quarter.’
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue and also managed to increase its shipments 13.8%. The firm retained its overall blade server lead in revenue and shipments as its blade server shipments increased 45.4%.
In server shipments, Hewlett-Packard dropped 0.1% in share, but it retained its worldwide server shipment lead and extended the share gap between it and second-place Dell by just over 2 percentage points. HP’s year-on-year shipment growth was 12.5%.
Sun Microsystems posted significant annual growth in shipments and revenue for the period – 13.1% and 13.7%, respectively. The only other global vendor to have growth in the second quarter for revenue and shipments was Fujitsu/FSC. Gartner found that Dell did manage to increase server shipments by 2.3% over the same quarter last year, but it experienced a drop in server revenue of 1.8% for the same period.