Strong demand for blades and x86 servers helped push worldwide server shipments for the third quarter of 2006 by 9.1 per cent compared to the same quarter last year, new research has reported.
According to Gartner, worldwide server revenue for the quarter climbed 4.4 per cent while revenues reached $13bn.
"Blade servers and x86 servers continue to produce the highest growth levels within the overall market," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner.
"Both of these server types show ongoing installation growth at the front and middle of the web server tiers. RISC-Itanium Unix servers fell six per cent in shipments for the quarter, but grew slightly in revenue at 0.6 per cent."
The top three shipment leaders in order in this segment (Sun Microsystems, IBM and HP) retained their relative positions from the same quarter last year, but their revenue positions reshuffled with IBM taking the lead, Sun in second place and HP in third.
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue, enjoying increases for the quarter in System p/p Series, System x/x Series and System z/z Series, but experiencing declines in System i/i Series which resulted in an overall revenue increase of 7.4 per cent for the quarter.
Big Blue increased its shipments 7.7 per cent for the period, but it lost 0.2 per cent of shipment share compared to the same quarter a year ago.
In terms of server shipments, HP dropped 0.5 per cent in share but retained its worldwide server shipment lead. The share gap between HP and second-place Dell dropped 0.8 per cent for the quarter.
Based on server shipments, HP maintained its number one position with 214,000 units. IBM and Dell remained in their respective second and the third positions, with just under 4,000 units separating the two vendors.
"Fujitsu Siemens was the only vendor among the top five manufacturers to record a year-on-year shipment decline in the third quarter of 2006, but despite this fall the company managed to secure its fourth position," said Malik.
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