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Server shipments grow by 10%

The worldwide server market performed better than expected in the first quarter of 2003, despite the threat of war with Iraq and a continued weak economy, according to market analyst Gartner.

Worldwide server shipments in the first quarter rose to 1.2 million units, up 10.4% compared to the same period a year ago.

Hewlett-Packard defended its lead worldwide, accounting for 29.1% of server shipments. Dell came in second place with a 20.2% market share, followed by IBM with 14.8%.

The top three suppliers accounted for more than half of all servers shipped during the first quarter.

Sun Microsystems was the only top-tier supplier to suffer a decline in worldwide server shipments, down 13.2% in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. The company accounted for 4.9% of shipments.

For the fifth consecutive quarter, server shipments in the US experienced a year-on-year growth rate of more than 10%. The US server market grew 13.2% in the first quarter to 499,609 shipped units from 441,540 units a year ago.

Dell bumped HP from the top spot with a server market share of 27%, partly as a result of its partnerships with Oracle for database products and EMC for storage systems.

The war with Iraq did not have a severe effect on server shipments during the quarter.


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