Gartner: World server sales stay flat, but US grows

The US server market has seen its second consecutive month of growth, while the worldwide market has remained flat, according to...

The US server market has seen its second consecutive month of growth, while the worldwide market has remained flat, according to Dataquest, a unit of Gartner.

Worldwide server shipments totalled 1.08 million units in the second quarter of 2002, up 0.5% over the same quarter last year.

US shipments reached 482,647 units, up 9.9% on the same period a year ago.

However, this does not necessarily signal the end of the market downturn, because the market overall has yet to show consistent revenue growth, Dataquest said. Without a stable revenue stream, companies may not be able to invest in new server equipment.

A weak business environment worldwide means that purchasing decisions, platform changes and big contract signings are all being deferred.

The merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer moved the new HP into first place in worldwide and US rankings, despite HP alone selling less than last year.

HP holds 30.5% of the worldwide server market and 26.8% of the US market.

Dell comes second with 18% of market share worldwide and 24% in the US, followed by IBM, which holds14.5% worldwide and 13.3% in the US.

Sun Microsystems comes fourth with a 6.5% worldwide share, and a US share of 7.5%

Fifth place is held by NEC, which holds a 2.2% of the market share worldwide, but Gateway holds the same position in the US with 1.1% market share.

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