Sales of servers grew by 8.1 per cent in the past quarter to $12.5bn, according to newly published data from analyst firm IDC, marking the tenth consecutive quarter of revenue growth.
The continued growth of systems running Windows allowed them, in terms of revenue, to surpass Unix-based systems for the first time. Revenues of Windows systems increased by 17.7 per cent, while Unix systems continued their decline, showing a 0.4 per cent revenue decrease. Linux server revenue grew 34.3 per cent year-over-year.
Revenue in volume servers showed a 14.8 per cent sales increase. The systems are also known as industry standard servers because they use commodity components such as Intel or AMD processors.
Larger midrange systems grew by 3.8 per cent, while top-end systems saw sales decrease by 1.2 per cent.
"The volume and midrange enterprise server segments are showing the strongest growth speaking to IT purchasers' continuing focus on cost containment, which is often achieved through strategic server consolidation and server virtualization initiatives," said Matt Eastwood, program vice president of worldwide server research at IDC.
He added that growth was driven by both new projects and the need for IT to keep up with business demands.
The large growth in the volume space was largely caused by the rise of server clusters and virtual servers. Those industry trends allow enterprises to build a robust server system by bundling cheap components. The virtualisation software allows them to distribute the cluster's computing capacity between everyday tasks.
Vendor shares held few surprises. IBM held on to the overall lead in worldwide server revenue, commanding 32.3 per cent of the market. HP followed with 27.8 per cent, trailed by Dell (10.5 per cent), Sun Microsystems (8.7 per cent) and Fujutisu/Siemens (6.1 per cent). Sun Microsystems was the only major server vendor to show a decline in revenues.
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