The US server market grew eight per cent to $22.9bn during 2000, slightly ahead of the worldwide market's seven per cent rate, according to a new study from market researcher IDC.
Western Europe grew three per cent to $15.5bn, while Japan was up 17 per cent to $9bn. The rest of the Asia Pacific region saw growth of 19 per cent to $5.2bn. The total market rose seven per cent to $60.2bn in factory revenues last year, with fourth-quarter sales up 14 per cent to $16.7bn.
The study also highlighted the most promising server segments. The mainframe market, dominated by IBM, shrank 18 per cent to $3.9bn, while the Unix market grew 14 per cent to $29bn. The Windows market was up 31 per cent to $13.9bn.
But the big headline marker in the server space last year was the Linux operating environment, which ballooned 132 per cent to $1.7bn.
According to IDC, IBM led with a 27 per cent market share, followed by Compaq and Sun Microsystems, which were neck and neck for the number two spot, at 16.34 per cent and 16.32 per cent respectively.
Hewlett Packard came in fourth with 14 per cent, and Dell rounded out the top five with almost six per cent. The top five vendors accounted for almost 80 per cent of worldwide revenue.
Vernon Turner, IDC's vice president for worldwide servers, said that Sun is the number one server vendor in the US, but that IBM is still by far the number one worldwide.
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