Worldwide server shipments for the first quarter of 2007 increased 6% over the same quarter last year, while server revenue for the same period climbed 4.5%, according to analyst firm Gartner.
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It said worldwide server revenues totalled £6.78bn, as worldwide server shipments reached just over 2.1 million units.
"x86 servers had been constrained in the fourth quarter of 2006 due to lengthening sales cycles, following a period of particularly rapid technology transition,” said Gartner analyst Jeffrey Hewitt.
“As we had predicted, this constraint was less about virtualisation and was only a temporary issue, as evidenced by the fact that this part of the market returned to growth in the first quarter.”
Hewitt said Risc-Itanium Unix servers fell 15.5% in shipments for the quarter, and fell 1.5% in terms of revenue.
“The competition remains intense in this portion of the market as it continues to face declines,” said Hewitt.
IBM increased its blade server shipments 12.7% and its blade server revenue 15.5%, but it lost share to HP, which remained the number one supplier in this market sector, said Gartner.
Overall, IBM, HP and Dell were the top three, in that order, in terms of worldwide server revenue. But with overall shipments, HP, Dell and IBM were the top three in order.
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