Microsoft Windows servers showed positive growth as revenues grew 6.9% and unit shipments grew 9.8% YTY, according to IDC. Quarterly revenue of $5.7 bln for Microsoft Windows servers set an all-time high for a single quarter and represented the single largest revenue segment in the server market with 36.6% of overall quarterly factory revenue. Unix servers experienced 1.5% revenue growth YTY when compared with Q4 2006. Worldwide Unix revenues were $5.2 bln for the quarter, representing 33.3% of quarterly server spending and reflecting continued IT investment in this server market segment, with particular strength in the midrange enterprise segment of the Unix market which comprises 53.8% of all Unix spending. Linux server revenue reached $2.0 bln for the first time in any single quarter on 11.6% YTY growth. Linux servers now represent 12.7% of all server revenue, up more than 1 point over Q4 2006.
Growth in the server blade market accelerated in the Q4 2007, with factory revenue gaining 54.2% YTY and shipments increasing by 35.6% compared to Q4 2006, according to IDC. Overall, bladed servers, including x86, EPIC and RISC blades, accounted for $1.2 bln in Q4 2007, representing 7.8% of quarterly server market revenue. More than 95% of all blade revenue is driven by x86 systems where blades now represent 14.8% of all x86 server revenue. For the full year 2007, worldwide blade server revenue grew 40.9% year over year to $3.9 bln.
The market for high performance computing (HPC) servers grew 15.5% in 2007 to reach a record $11.6 bln, according to IDC. IDC reported that the HPC server market resumed strong double-digit growth in 2007 after dipping to 9.2% growth in 2006 – the first single-digit increase since 2002.
Over the five-year period from 2002 to 2007, the HPC server market has grown an aggregate 134% at an average annual compounded rate (CAGR) of 18.8%. IDC projects that this market will reach $15 bln by 2011. The 2007 $11.6 bln revenue total split out by HPC server price bands as follows. The supercomputers segment for HPC servers priced above $500,000 grew 24% YTY to reach $3.2 bln in 2007. The divisional segment for HPC servers in the $250,000-$499,999 price range increased 19% over 2006 to $1.7 bln. The departmental segment for HPC systems priced from $100,000 to $249,999 grew 23% from the prior year to reach $4.1 bln. The workgroup segment for sub-$100,000 HPC servers declined slightly (3.3%) to 2007 revenue of $2.7 bln.
In 2007, worldwide server revenue grew 3.8% for a total of more than $54.8 bln. Overall, vendors shipped more than 8.8 mln systems in 2007, an increase of 7.4% compared with the 8.2 mln servers that were shipped in 2006, Gartner said.
NetCraft published the graph of Web server trends in December 2007.
NetCraft published the list of top Web server developers in December 2007.
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NetCraft published their findings on Web server market between September 2000 and December 2007. Y-axis represent the number of server installations.
Forrester Research predicts that home servers will reach 4.5 mln households by 2012. That’s up from just 190,000 such servers in 2006.
Factory revenue in the worldwide server market grew 0.5% in Q3 2007 to $13.1 bln. It’s the slowest rate since Q1 2006, according to IDC. Server unit shipments rose 6.3%, a decrease from 7.8% growth reported in Q3 2006. IBM had 30% of the server market in Q3 2007, down from 33% a year earlier. Hewlett-Packard held 28.6% of the market, up from 26.1% in 2006. Dell was third, and Sun Microsystems came in fourth, the same as in 2006.
Unix server shipments fell 6.4% to 103,267 units. Sun led the pack, shipping 52,038 units, 12% down YTY, Gartner says. IBM shipped 27,904 units to come in 2nd place, representing a 12.9% drop in volume. 3rd was HP, which saw a 29.4% increase in shipments. Apple, in fourth place, shipped 4,098 units, a 33.4% increase. Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens was in fifth place.