Server Market Grows 7 Percent; HP Retakes Server Shipment Lead

Server Market Grows 7 Percent; HP Retakes Server Shipment Lead

November 5, 2003

Gartner Dataquest's recently released third quarter server shipment stats show a Hewlett-Packard that has boomeranged back into the top-spot and a server market that saw its third consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth and the greatest year-over-year growth since the fourth quarter of 2000.

Gartner estimates more than 1.37 million server units shipped during the third quarter of 2003. This represents a 6.9 percent increase over the second quarter and 20.8 percent growth over the third quarter of 2002.

The usual players took the top spots: Hewlett-Packard, Dell, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and Fujitsu Siemens, in that order. HP captured 29.7 percent of the market with the 408,290 servers it shipped in the third quarter. This represents quarter-over-quarter growth of 21.2 percent and year-over year growth of 8.1 percent. Dell shipped 276,350 systems, 20.1 percent. It grew 28.2 percent year-over-year and 5.6 percent quarter-over-quarter. IBM, which came in third with 16 percent market share, had strong growth, both for year-over-year (36.5 percent) and quarter-over-quarter (8.9 percent).

Of the top-10 vendors Gartner listed, only Sun saw its share decline, both year-over-year (-8.7 percent) and quarter-over-quarter (-2.9 percent). With slightly less than 60,000 servers shipping, Sun had a 4.3 percent share for the third quarter of 2003.

IA server shipments mimicked the total servers shipments, minus Sun: HP, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu Siemens, and NEC, respectively, lead the charge. (NEC came in sixth place in the total worldwide market.)

Gartner cautioned, that this survey measures the number of servers shipped, and "although overall server demand is increasing, most of the activity is in lower-priced one- and two-way IA server systems, thereby limiting vendor revenue growth." The report noted signs of revenue picking up in several regions, notably the United States and Asia/Pacific.