Sun Microsystems dominated the worldwide Unix server market in the third quarter of this year, according to figures from researcher IDC.
Sun shipped the most number of entry-level, mid-range and high-end servers - beating rivals IBM, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Compaq. But IBM saw its share of the mid-range Unix server market grow by a whopping 71 per cent, compared with Sun's 40 per cent.
In the entry-level category, Sun grabbed 44 per cent of the market by shipping 88,108 servers and generating $1.18m in revenue. IDC defines the entry-level market as machines that cost up to $100,000.
In the mid-range category Sun shipped 8110 units, commanding a 43 per cent share of units shipped. Sun is followed by HP with 5182 units (27 per cent), IBM with 1927 units (10 per cent) and Compaq with 1676 (nine per cent).
HP held on to its revenue lead in the mid-range sector by generating $942m in sales, compared with Sun's $902m. IBM made $739m from sales of servers priced at between $100,000 and $1m, while Compaq generated revenue of $291m.
As well as posting a 71 per cent year-on-year growth in market share of the mid-range sector, IBM said its share during the past quarter by rose eight points compared with Sun's four points growth. IBM attributed the growth to the introduction of its M80, H80 and F80 servers.
In the $1m-plus, high-end category Sun shipped 723 units, grabbing a 62 per cent market share. It generated $750m in revenue. HP sold 158 units for $147m, while IBM sold 80 units worth $190m.
According to IDC, the total Unix server market grew by 20 per cent in the quarter and Sun was the market leader for the fourteenth consecutive quarter.
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