Worldwide server shipments in 2006 totalled 8.2 million in 2006, an 8.9% increase from 2005, said analyst Gartner.
In addition, worldwide server revenue in 2006 reached £26.8bn, which was a modest 2% increase on 2005, said the analyst.
Gartner said EMEA server shipments were below average growth at 6.8%, particularly affected by a slow fourth quarter.
Jeffrey Hewitt, a Gartner analyst, said, "The fourth quarter of the year exhibited slower growth in x86 servers than we have seen in most recent years, which constrained the results for the year as a whole.”
He said, “Most of that slowdown seems to be attributable to a lengthening of the sales cycle due to the anticipated introduction of quad-core x86 processors, with some lesser impact from x86 server virtualisation.”
RISC-Itanium Unix servers were weak for the year on a global basis, falling 1.6% in shipments and 0.8% in terms of revenue, said Gartner. Mainframes had the strongest revenue growth of any segment for the year, up 3.9% on 2005.
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue in 2006, ahead of HP, and Sun Microsystems in third place.
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