Compaq has toppled Sun from the top spot in the UK workstation market after only five months.
According to researcher Dataquest, Compaq had a 23.5% share of total first quarter 1997 unit shipments, a rise of 7.4% over the last quarter of 1996. That topples Sun Unix workstations from the number one slot, nudging it into second position in the league table.
Hugh Jenkins, networks product manager at Compaq UK, said: "I think Sun is now saying workstations are not interesting, while software, like Javasoft is." He said Compaq UK had shipped over 5,000 of its X86 based units in January, February and March.
"We've stolen customers from Sun and this is still a new market, where people are moving to Pentium Pro and Windows NT workstations," added Jenkins.
For instance, Credit Suisse First Boston has replaced its Sun workstations with Compaq boxes while fellow City institution, BZW, is focusing on fast NT units.
Jenkins said Compaq's position in the Intel-based workstation market had been achieved because it had entered the market early, but said he was not complacent about companies such as Dell, which also set up a workstation division in the last quarter.
Sun was unavailable for comment.
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