Sun Microsystems moved ahead of Hewlett-Packard in the UK Unix server market in the second quarter of 1997, according to market research company Dataquest's latest research.
Overall, the midrange market grew by 17 per cent compared with the same quarter last year. Sun contributed 100 per cent growth in revenue from Unix servers, with Compaq showing a 34 per cent growth on the NT server side.
Within the Unix market Sun moved into first place with 28 per cent of the market revenue for that quarter, ousting Hewlett-Packard, on 23 per cent, from top spot. Third was IBM, which suffered a 14 per cent fall in sales revenue during the quarter and slipped to a 12 per cent share of the market revenue.
In the NT server marketplace all the major vendors saw significant growth with Compaq remaining well ahead with 43 per cent of the market.
According to another Dataquest report, Sun has also retained its number one position in the Unix workstation market. This comes at the expense of its Unix competitors as the workstation market as a whole is estimated to be shrinking by 12 per cent in revenue terms and six per cent in total units shipped during 1997.
"The Unix and Risc workstation market is in decline. However, Sun now has a massive influence on the Unix workstation market with its 60 per cent share and its recent products have helped overall revenues come in higher than expected," said Karen Benson, analyst at Dataquest's parent company Gartner Group.
NT workstations showed very high levels of growth but from a very small base. A majority of the units were sold to the financial sector for use on trading desks, rather than making any impact on the higher end engineering or graphics markets.
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