Linux, blades the high spots in server market

The worldwide server market was worth US$10.6 billion in the second quarter of 2003, a scant 0.2 percent higher than in the same quarter last year, according to revenue figures released Friday by IDC.

The market for servers based on standard Intel Corp. architecture has now overtaken the commercial Unix server market, growing 10.7 percent to reach revenue of $4.46 billion. Unix server sales dropped 5.2 percent from the year-earlier period for revenue of $4.3 billion, according to IDC.

The market for Linux-based servers grew at 39.5 percent year-on-year to reach $650 million, while blade server revenue reached $119 million, almost eight times more than in the second quarter of 2002.

The shifting market was reflected in the varying fortunes of the leading vendors. IBM Corp. took over from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) as the leading server vendor overall following 10.1 percent year-on-year revenue growth compared with HP’s 0.4 percent growth.

Although HP leads IBM in each of the three main Intel-standard, Unix and Linux markets, IBM still gains considerable sales from proprietary server hardware such as the iSeries, giving it overall market leadership.

Sun Microsystems Inc. saw sales fall by 18.7 percent over the year and is being challenged for its third position by Dell Inc., whose sales grew 10 percent over the year, according to IDC figures.
Table 1: Worldwide server revenue in millions of U.S. dollars, Q2 2003.
Q2 ’03 sales Q2 ’02 sales Q2 ’03 to Q2 ’02
IBM $3,228 $2,931 +10.1%
HP $2,946 $2,935 +0.4%
Sun $1,434 $1,763 -18.7%
Dell $980 $891 +10.0%
Others $2,028 $2,077 -2.4%
TOTAL $10,616 $10,594 +0.2%
Figures are in U.S. dollars, by millions.

IBM Retakes No. 1 Worldwide Computer Server Spot

International Business Machines Corp. (IBM.N) reclaimed the top market share spot among computer server companies worldwide during the second quarter, pushing Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ.N) back into the No. 2 position, according to market research firm IDC.

IBM, which makes everything from computers based on Intel Corp. (INTC.O) microprocessors to giant mainframe systems that use proprietary semiconductor technology, had 30.4 percent of global server systems revenue during the quarter.

HP, which held the No. 1 spot last quarter, had 27.7 percent of total revenues.

The overall server market was $10.616 billion in revenues, a slight increase from a year earlier’s $10.597 billion.