Server market buoyant

Worldwide server shipments hit two million units, after a year-on-year increase of nearly 13%, second quarter figures from industry analyst Gartner have revealed.

Worldwide server shipments hit two million units, after a year-on-year increase of  nearly 13%, second quarter figures from industry analyst Gartner have revealed.

But the figures show that worldwide server revenues have not grown as sharply, rising by just 2.5% year-on-year to a total of $12.4bn (£6.5bn) for the second quarter of 2006.

Gartner research director Jeffrey Hewitt, said, “The two server categories that exhibited the greatest strengths were x86 and blade servers.” These servers continued to be the systems of choice to boost the front and middle tiers of web infrastructure.

He added, “RISC-Itanium Unix servers grew 1.8% in shipments for the quarter but dropped a more significant 2.6% in revenue. This segment continues to be hotly contested on a global basis, but suffered from constrained revenue overall in the second quarter.”

IBM still leads the worldwide server market, with a 29.2% market share based on revenue, ahead of Hewlett-Packard with 27.3%.

Sun Microsystems is in third place, with 13.1% of the market after a 13.7% year on year growth in revenues.

HP still tops the server shipments league with a 27.6% market share, holding off second placed Dell after a 12.5% year on year increase in shipments.


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