Dell gains in troubled server market

The worldwide server market grew slightly in the third quarter of this year, up just 3.1% on the same period last year, when...

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The worldwide server market grew slightly in the third quarter of this year, up just 3.1% on the same period last year, when sales were hit hard by the 11 September attacks.

Dell increased its share of the server market, according to preliminary figures released by research company Gartner Dataquest.

The vendor shipped 212,880units, some 19.2% of the servers shipped worldwide during the period. This was up from 16.8% in the third quarter of last year.

Meanwhile, sales leader Hewlett-Packard, which shipped 332,364 units, saw its market share slip to 30.0% in the quarter. A year earlier, HP and Compaq together claimed 32.5% of sales.

IBM, Sun Microsystems and NEC completed the list of the top five vendors worldwide.

In the US, Apple entered the top ranks of server manufacturers with unit shipments growing 273.8% on the back of the May launch of its Xserve rack-mounted server.

Dell took the lead from HP in the US, jumping to 26.3% of shipments from 23.3% a year earlier, while HP's share fell to 25.9% from 29.2%. Dell's unit shipments soared 26.7% between the two quarters, while HP's fell 0.5%, Dataquest said. Overall, the US server market grew 12.2%. IBM, Sun and Apple filled out the top five.

Here are Dataquest's worldwide figures for the third quarter of 2002, compared with the same period last year, based on preliminary figures:

3Q 2002 shipments/share of market
HP/Compaq - 332,364 (30%); Dell - 212,880 (19.2%); IBM - 153,781 (13.9%); Sun - 68,193 (6.2%); NEC- 24,291 (2.2%); Others - 314,823 (28.5%). Total - 1,106,332

3Q 2001 shipments/share of market
HP/Compaq - 349,036 (32.5%); Dell - 180,201 (16.8%); IBM - 155,803 (14.5%); Sun - 58,036 (5.4%); NEC - 24,549 (2.4%); Others - 304,111 (28.3%). Total - 1,072,736

Year-on-year growth
HP/Compaq: -4.8%
Dell: 18.1%
IBM: -1.3%
Sun: 17.5%
NEC: -4.9%
Others: 3.5%
Total: 3.1%



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