Oracle has conceded its long standing position as one of the top five biggest server vendors on the planet to NEC following a lacklustre turnout in the third quarter
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This was in contrast to the overall market, as shipments and vendor revenues on a worldwide basis climbed 14.2% and 15.3% respectively driven by Latin America, Eastern Europe and the US with Western Europe growing more modestly.
The x86 server sector continued to fuel market growth with unit sales up nearly 15% on Q3 2009 and total vendor revenues climbing 29.5%, revealed Gartner research vice president Jeffrey Hewitt.
"Also following earlier trends, the x86-based server market provided an increase in average selling prices from more robust server configurations to accommodate virtualisation," he said.
Mainframes added to the rise in market revenues with growth of 9.9% but RISC/Itanium Unix revenues fell 9.5%.
It was another good quarter for market leader HP, which grew unit sales and revenues 16.2% and 22.5% respectively, Dell recorded a 14.7% rise in shipments and 25.6% in revenues, while IBM grew shipments 16.7% with revenues up 10%.
However Oracle fared less well as revenues declined 2.6% and for the first time in years it placed outside of the top five in terms of vendor shipments, with NEC nabbing the fifth spot even though its shipments declined 2% on Q3 2009.
The integration of Oracle and Sun continues to throw up all sorts of challenges for channel partners and the troubles they face can be clearly detected in the market share numbers held by the vendor.