Linux server shipments to double next year

As x86 overtakes RISC

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Linux will provide the brightest hope for server manufacturers in the next year, according to Gartner-Dataquest's crystal ball.

The analyst firm reckons that although the server market will only grow by 1 percent, Linux shipments will double to almost $4 billion, or 9 per cent of the market. The OS will expand into telecomms, and further into web applications.

Gartner-Dataquest also reckons that x86-based servers will pip RISC in revenue terms for the first time. Analyst Jeffrey Hewitt predicts the RISC business will be worth $18.1 billion while Intel servers will top $20 billion.

Naturally Intel is cock-a-hoop at the prediction. But there's little good news for Itanium, which will fail to make a significant market impact, and Intel doesn't have an evolutionary route to 64bits for its vast x86 user base.

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