The server market is poised to record its third consecutive quarter of double-digit year-on-year growth, according to research from Gartner Dataquest.
The analyst indicated that businesses are "in renewal mode", replacing ageing Windows NT servers with more advanced one- and two-way servers.
According to Gartner Dataquest's preliminary estimates, a total of 1.37 million server units were shipped in the third quarter of 2003.
The figure represents growth of 6.9 per cent over the previous quarter, and 21 per cent over the same quarter last year.
Hewlett Packard led with 408,000 servers shipped worldwide, followed by Dell at 276,000 units and IBM at 220,000.
IBM had the best growth, up 36.5 per cent compared with the third quarter of last year, followed by Dell at 28.2 per cent.
Only Sun Microsystems saw shipments decline, with an estimated 2.9 per cent drop compared with the third quarter of 2002 and a fall of 8.7 per cent compared with the previous quarter.
In EMEA, HP shipped an estimated 149,430 servers in the third quarter, followed by IBM (65,725), Dell (55,660) and Fujitsu Siemens (33,335).
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