Windows servers up 12.8% in Q4 2007, Linux up 8%

x86 servers saw their revenue market share grow from 45.9% in Q4 2006 to 49% in Q4 2007, according to IDC. Sales of Windows and Linux grew 12.8% and 8% respectively. While Unix performance remained strong, growing revenue by 3.1% annually, it is Windows that is now the clear market share leader with 35.7% or the total EMEA revenue. Both z/OS and i5/OS saw their revenue decrease by 9.1% and 3.9% respectively. Blades growth continued unabated with sales going up 55% annually and approaching the half-billion dollar mark. Pedestal servers are the single most important segment with 50.2% of the total revenue in Q4 2007, despite negative annual revenue growth.

Microsoft Windows servers grew 9.8% in Q4 2007

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.

Smart phone OS shares: Symbian – 67%, Microsoft – 13%, RIM – 10%

Nokia remained global market leader, shipping 60.5 mln smart phones. By OS provider, Symbian leads on 67% share, followed by Microsoft on 13%, with RIM on 10%. Symbian leads with 65% share, ahead of Microsoft on 12%, RIM on 11%, Apple on 7%, and Linux at 5%, according to Canalys. By region, Symbian led in APAC and EMEA with 85% and 80% shares respectively, while in North America RIM was the clear leader on 42%, ahead of Apple on 27% and Microsoft at 21%.

Symbian has 49.8% of the global sales of smartphones in Q3 2008

Company 3Q08
3Q08 Market
Share (%)
3Q07 Market
Share (%)
3Q08- 3Q07
Growth (%)
Symbian 18,179 49.8 20,664 63.1 -12.0
Research In Motion 5,800 15.9 3,192 9.7 81.7
Mac OS X 4,720 12.9 1,104 3.4 327.5
Microsoft Windows Mobile 4,053 11.1 4,180 12.8 -3.0
Linux 2,622 7.2 2,884 8.8 -9.1
Palm OS 780 2.1 383 1.2 103.3
Others 361 1.0 345 1.1 4.6
Total 36,515 100.0 32,753 100.0 11.5
Source: Garthner

Linux is used by 18% of medium businesses in Japan

According to Access Markets International, Japan MBs have are ready to embark on the deployment of open-source server databases. Linux and open-source middleware is used by 18% and 12%, respectively, of Japan-based MBs. Such figures are comparable with their US counterparts and higher than MBs in France and the U.K. However, in terms of the usage of the open-source server database such as My SQL, Japanese MBs are lowest in the developed world, at 5%, as compared to an adoption rate of between 13% and 40% among advanced markets in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region outside of Japan.

OS market shares in November 2007

Net Applications report on operating system market shares based on Internet visits puts Windows XP at 78.37%, followed by Windows Vista with 9.19%. The long tail of the OSs used while accessing the Web features Apple iPhone at 0.09%, PlayStation 3, Sony PSP and Nintendo Wii at 0.01% each.

OS market share in November 2007
OS Share
Windows XP 78.37%
Windows Vista 9.19%
MacIntel 3.59%
Mac OS 3.22%
Windows 2000 2.97%
Windows 98 0.76%
Windows NT 0.63%
Linux 0.57%
Windows ME 0.43%
iPhone 0.09%
Windows CE 0.06%
Hiptop 0.02%
Windows 95 0.02%
Web TV 0.01%
Unknown 0.01%
PSP 0.01%
iPod 0.01%
SunOS 0.01%
Nintendo Wii 0.01%
Series60 0.01%
Pike v7.6 release 92 0.01%
HP-UXB.11 0.00%
HP-UX ia64 0.00%
Source: Net Applications

Linux for smartphones to grow at 75% a year

Over the next 5 years, Linux is expected to be the fastest growing Smartphone OS with a compound annual growth rate in excess of 75%. By 2012, a recent study from ABI Research forecasts the Linux-based OS to account for nearly 31% of all smart devices in the market, representing more than 331 mln cumulative shipments over the same period.

More CIOs are disinterested in Linux

Last year 87% of CIOs who weren’t using Linux told UBS that they were not going to start using this OS. In 2007, the percentage went up to 90%, UBS says. Windows machines had 80% market share of deployed machines, up from 62% in January 2007. The market share of Unix machines dropped from 28% to 13%, largely as a result of companies moving from Unix to Linux. Interest in hosted CRM applications has increased from 33% to 62%; most respondents expect to roll out Windows Vista in the second half of 2008; and nearly 70% of CIOs expect IT spending to increase in 2007, regardless of macro-economic trends and events.

80% of business PCs do not support premium Vista installs

79.9% of businesss machines do not match Microsoft’s recommended requirements for premium-ready PCs to be upgraded to Vista, Everdream says. The biggest obstacle to a smooth transition to the new operating system is the amount of random access memory (RAM) the computers contain. Microsoft requires a baseline of 512 MB of RAM but recommends 1 GB; a mere 30% of the desktops surveyed meet the latter figure. 69.5% of machines do not have the required RAM. 62.4% of machines do not have the required hard drive. 18.4% of machines do not have the required free hard drive space. 6.7% of machines do not have the required processor speed. 79.9% of machines do not meet at least one of the above listed requirements. 93.8% of companies have at least one machine that does not meet the above requirements.

127 mln mobile devices to run Linux by 2012

ABI Research forecasts that by 2012, more than 127 mln devices will be enabled with a commercial Linux OS, up from 8.1 mln in 2007. Additionally, device shipments that incorporate Linux as an RTOS replacement are set to grow to more than 76 mln units in 2012, up from nearly zero in 2007.

Point of sale systems up 8% in 2006 in North America

The PC-based point-of-sale (POS) market in North America experienced an 8% shipment increase in 2006, says IHL Consulting Group. Replacements by retail giants like Kroger and Wal-Mart generated the majority of shipments for the Grocery, Supercenter and Mass Merchant segments. Windows XP Embedded shipments grew by 242%, and shipments of WEPOS (Windows Embedded for Point of Service) grew by 80%. Pep Boys, Burlington Coat Factory and Circuit City helped to grow the Linux installed base by 44% in 2006.

Linux server shipments up 15.3% in Q4 2006

After two consecutive quarters of single-digit revenue growth, Linux server revenue growth accelerated once again, growing 15.3% to $1.8 bln when compared with Q4 2005. Linux servers now represent 11.9% of all server revenue, up more than 1 point over Q4 2005. However, after eighteen quarters of double digit shipment growth, Linux server shipments declined 0.8% YTY as IT consolidation extends its reach into the open source domain.

Server market in 2006
  2006 2005 Growth
Vendor Sales Share Sales Share YTY
IBM $17,159 32.8% $16,890 32.9% 1.6%
Hewlett-Packard $14,246 27.2% $14,183 27.7% 0.4%
Sun Microsystems $5,631 10.8% $4,878 9.5% 15.4%
Dell $5,375 10.3% $5,260 10.3% 2.2%
Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens $2,691 5.1% $2,904 5.7% -7.3%
Others $7,182 13.7% $7,169 14.0% 0.2%
All Vendors $52,285 100.0% $51,283 100.0% 2.0%
Source: IDC

90% of all new user PCs to have Vista in 2007

During calendar year 2007, Windows Vista Home products are projected to account for 90% of new Windows client operating environments deployed by home users. By comparison, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise will account for 35% of the new Windows client operating environments deployed by business users. During the second full year of availability, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Enterprise will grow to account for 80% of new deployments. On the business front, 82% of Windows Vista deployments are expected to be the Business edition, while the remaining 18% will be Windows Vista Enterprise. Through 2010, IDC forecasts Windows client operating environments to experience a 2005-2010 CAGR of 8.2%, leading to a total in excess of 200,000 annual shipments of Windows COEs in 2010.

Server market in Q3 2006: Windows servers up 4.6%, Unix down 1.7%

Microsoft Windows servers continued to show nice growth as revenues grew 4.6% YTY. Significantly, quarterly factory revenue of $4.8 bln for Windows servers represented the largest single segment of the server market, gaining nearly 3.0 points of revenue share sequentially. Linux server revenue was $1.5 bln for the quarter as growth continues to moderate, with YTY revenue growth of 5.4%. Although Linux servers now represent 11.8% of all server revenue, revenue growth for the quarter was approximately one sixth the growth rate observed in Q3 2005 as volume market growth moderates and YTY compares become more difficult. Unix servers experienced a 1.7% decline in factory revenue YTY. Worldwide Unix revenues of more than $3.9 bln for the quarter represented 30.1% of overall quarterly factory revenue, IDC says.