Hewlett-Packard leads on server shipment but IBM tops market share

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Hewlett-Packard leads on server shipment but IBM tops market share

Tash Shifrin

Worldwide server shipments increased 12.7% over the past year, with Hewlett-Packard the leading supplier by market share, research from industry analyst Gartner reveals.

But the double-digit growth in shipments brought only a 4.5% increase in revenues from server sales in 2005, the figures from Gartner’s Dataquest survey showed.

HP server shipments accounted for 27.7% of the market share, down slightly from 28.5% in 2004, but well ahead of Dell, which had 22.5%. IBM was the third-largest supplier, with Sun Microsystems and Fujitsu in fourth and fifth place respectively.

But IBM led the market in revenues from server sales, with 32.1% of market share, compared with HP’s 28.2%.

Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner, said, “The most dynamic market remains the x86 server segment. These servers continue to be the choice in increasing numbers to meet the needs of more web users accessing more file types from more access points than ever.”

Figures released earlier this week from analyst IDC’s quarterly tracker survey revealed that annual sales of Windows servers had overtaken Unix for the first time, ending Unix’s 10-year hold on the top spot.


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