Vendors Tussle Over Server Stats

By Erin Joyce (Send Email)
Posted Nov 24, 2006


IBM sits atop the heap in most categories, according to results tallied by Gartner for the third quarter 2006.

IBM and HP duke it out to be hardware king for third-quarter 2006.

In other categories, Sun Microsystems continued to come on strong, while Hewlett-Packard held its crown.

Overall, worldwide server shipments grew 9 percent in the third quarter of 2006 compared to the same time last year, the research firm said. Revenue the world-over totaled $13 billion for the quarter. Worldwide server shipments reached just over 2 million units.

Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner, said in a statement that blade servers and x86 servers continue to produce the highest growth levels within the overall market. "Both of these server types show ongoing installation growth at the front and middle of the Web server tiers."

Lines of RISC-Itanium Unix architectures fell by 6 percent in shipments for the quarter, Gartner continued, but grew slightly in revenue at 0.6 percent.

In this Unix space, Sun, IBM and HP retained their positions from the same quarter last year, but their revenue positions reshuffled, with IBM taking the lead, Sun taking second and HP third.

In total server revenue, IBM lead the worldwide server market at $4 billion, to capture 33.7 percent of the server market. HP, which took in $3.2 billion in the quarter, held on to the number two slot with 25.3 percent.

Dell kept the third slot with $1.4 billion in revenues, for a 10.8 percent share; Sun nipped at Dell's heels with $1.3 billion, or 10.1 percent.

In server shipments, however, HP surged back to the top, even though it slipped by 0.5 percent in share. The share gap between it and second-place Dell dropped 0.8 percent for the quarter, Gartner said. Overall, HP's year-on-year shipment growth was 7.2 percent.

Meanwhile, Sun continued to challenge with "significant annual growth in both shipments and revenue for the period," Gartner said, 6.4 and 24.7 percent, respectively.

Other standout stories were Dell, which posted growth in both shipments (10.5 percent) and revenue (10.9 percent), while the No. 5 global vendor, Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens, fell 5.9 percent in shipments and 8.6 percent in revenue for the quarter.

This article was originally published on internetnews.

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