According to researcher Dataquest, Intel-based servers sales will continue the growth trend in 2003 that they have established over the past six years, fuelling a turnaround in the server market.
Intel-based server shipments have increased annually since the first quarter of 1996, when the figures were first tracked, rising to 87% of all servers shipped.
Sales of RISC-based servers are also expected to be strong in 2003, totalling about $18bn (£11.4bn).
The researcher predicted that Linux server-based shipments will double in 2003 to reach 800,000 units. Dataquest believed new standards will emerge next year that will spark modular computing.