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