Research by analyst firm Gartner has found that worldwide server shipments for the third quarter of 2006 increased 9.1% over the same quarter last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 4.4%. Worldwide server revenues totalled $13bn for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached just over 2 million units.
“Blade servers and x86 servers continue to produce the highest growth levels within the overall market,” reveals Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner. “Both of these server types show ongoing installation growth at the front and middle of the Web server tiers.”
“RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell 6% in shipments for the quarter but grew slightly in revenue at 0.6%,” Hewitt said. “The top-three shipment market leaders in order in this segment - Sun, IBM and HP - retained their relative positions from the same quarter last year. But their revenue positions reshuffled with IBM taking the lead, Sun in second place and HP in third.”
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue with an overall revenue increase of 7.4% for the quarter. Even though it managed to increase its shipments 7.7% for the period, it lost 0.2% of shipment share compared with the same period a year ago. IBM retained its overall blade server lead in both revenue and shipments as its blade server shipments increased 42.6% for the quarter.
In server shipments, Gartner found that while Hewlett-Packard dropped 0.5% in share, it retained its worldwide server shipment lead. HP’s year-on-year shipment growth was 7.2% in total. HP’s ProLiant product line showed a shipment increase of 8.4% while HP’s remaining server brands fell for the period. These shipment dynamics dragged HP’s overall revenue down 6.0% for the period.
For the second consecutive quarter in Gartner’s research, Sun Microsystems posted what the analyst regards as significant annual growth in both shipments and revenue for the period - 6.4 and 24.7%, respectively. Dell also posted growth in both shipments (10.5%) and revenue (10.9%), while the fifth global vendor, Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens, fell 5.9% in shipments and 8.6% in revenue for the quarter.