World server shipments and sales up, but EMEA trails the field

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World server shipments and sales up, but EMEA trails the field

Antony Savvas

Worldwide server shipments for the third quarter of 2006 increased 9.1% over the same quarter last year, while worldwide server sales for the same period climbed 4.4%, said analyst Gartner.

Worldwide server revenues totalled $13bn (£7bn) for the quarter, as worldwide server shipments reached just over 2m units.

But in the EMEA region, server shipments only grew 2.7%, while server revenue increased 3.5%.

IBM continued to lead the total worldwide server market based on revenue, but HP is the leader when it comes to shipments.

Gartner analyst Jeffrey Hewitt said, “Blade servers and x86 servers in total continue to produce the highest growth levels within the overall market. Both of these server types show ongoing installation growth at the front and middle of the web server tiers.”

Gartner said RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell 6% in shipments for the quarter, but grew slightly in revenue at 0.6%.

The top three shipment market leaders in order in this segment - Sun, IBM and HP - retained their slots from the same quarter last year. But their revenue positions reshuffled, with IBM taking the lead, Sun in second place and HP in third.

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