Feeds

Dell eclipses Sun in server sales

x86 leads the way

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Worldwide server revenue surpassed $11.8bn in the third quarter of 2004, six per cent up on last year, according to Gartner Dataquest.

Server sales of commodity x86 servers showed the strongest growth in revenue. "This, along with the acceptance of Linux in additional application areas in the enterprise space will continue to drive demand," said Mike McLaughlin, principal analyst for Gartner.

These trends helped Dell grow server revenue by 17 per cent, overtaking Sun Microsystems for the third spot in the server market with a share of 9.8 per cent against Sun's 9.5 per cent. IBM retained its leadership with a 32 per cent share of the server market, ahead of HP with a 27.6 per cent slice of the pie.

The estimated revenue splits worked out as follows: IBM - $3.79bn, HP - $3.29bn, Dell - $1.16bn, Sun - $1.13bn, Fujitsu/Fujitsu-Siemens $652m and others - $1,825bn. WorldwideuUnit shipments were 1.6 million units, 16.3 per cent up on Q3 last year .

Linux continued to be the growth leader in operating systems in both revenue (up 55.7 per cent from Q32003 to Q32004) and units (up 45.2 per cent). Windows gained another two points in market share in Q42004 compared to Q42003, earning 36.5 per cent of all revenue, or approximately $4.3bn for the quarter. Meanwhile, both Unix and “Other OS” categories continue their slow decline, with revenue falling 3.6 per cent for Unix, and 5.8 per cent for “Other OS” in the third quarter.

In EMEA, the server market produced sales of $3.5bn in the third quarter of 2004, up three per cent on Q32003. The x86 category was also strong, with revenues up 18 per cent on last year. The higher end of the market was weaker, with the Unix market falling six per cent in revenues. ®

Related stories

Server makers shift more boxes than cash in Q2
Server vendors work hard for their money in Q1
HP calls in Gartner cheerleader for Opteron launch
Itanium sales fall $13.4bn shy of $14bn forecast
How MS will end the Dell - Intel love-in

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in
He walked over the broken glass, killed the thugs... and er... reconnected the cables*
SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud
Just as Jeff Bezos did to books and CDs, Amazon's rivals are now doing to it
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now
BlackBerry Enterprise Services takes aim at SMEs - but there's a catch
The triumph of VVOL: Everyone's jumping into bed with VMware
'Bandwagon'? Yes, we're on it and so what, say big dogs
Carbon tax repeal won't see data centre operators cut prices
Rackspace says electricity isn't a major cost, Equinix promises 'no levy'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.