Worldwide workstation revenue reached $2.5 billion in the third quarter of this year, according to the latest figures from Dataquest.
The industry analyst said although workstation vendors have increased shipments this year by 57 per cent, profits have declined 4 per cent over the same quarter last year.
Windows NT workstation shipments in third quarter increased at a phenomenal 136.4 per cent over last year, while UNIX workstations saw an increase of 14.6 per cent.
However, in terms of revenue, UNIX workstations accounted for 67.4 per cent of market revenue worldwide, but NT workstations grew at a faster rate, up 65.8 per cent for the quarter compared to a 19.5 per cent decline for UNIX machines.
Peter Ffoulkes, director and principal analyst at Dataquest?s workstation division, said that Sun and Hewlett-Packard are battling it out for the top position in the Unix market.
?Sun Microsystems is ahead in revenue terms, but Hewlett-Packard leads the pack in unit shipments,? he said. ?In the Intel architecture NT workstation market, HP still dominates with the battle for the number two position being fast and furious.?
He added that Dell had surprisingly grabbed the number two spot for the first time, displacing the combined might of Compaq and Digital.
As reported earlier this week on Newswire, Compaq holds the number one total workstation market ranking in the UK. Worldwide, Compaq was positioned fourth in terms of revenue, behind Sun, HP and IBM.
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