For those of you who follow the numbers, IDC and Gartner crowned IBM the server market leader, and quantified how Linux and Windows servers are on the rise and and low-end Unix systems are on a downward slope. No big surprises. Here are the specifics from the IDC report:
Revenue in billions
HP led with 29.6% of overall server shipments, and Dell came in second with a 25.3% share of units shipped, growth of 25% compared to 2Q04. For revenue, Dell grew 22.3% year-over-year, and Sun revenues declined 5.3% compared to 2Q04, IDC’s report said.
Linux servers continued to rocket, accounting for 11.5% of all quarterly server revenue. HP sold the most Linux servers, with 24.3% of the revenue pot, followed by IBM with 20.3%. Windows servers grew 14.5% year over year to $4.1 billion, with HP leading at 38.2% share of market, followed by Dell at 22.9%, and IBM with a 17.5% share.
The emerging blade market soaked up $440 million in the second quarter, or 3.6% of quarterly server market revenue. IBM was the leader at 40.9% market share, followed by HP at 38.6% share. Dell lost share, decreasing to 6.5% in 2Q05.
Unix server revenue rose 3% from the previous sequential quarter, with the growth coming from high-end and mid-range systems. Low-end Unix servers declined 19% year over year. IBM led with 31% share, followed by HP and Sun were, with 30% and 29.5%, respectively.
The big reseach firms think alike on the server market this quarter. Gartner's findings put IBM on top, followed by HP, and noting a drop Sun's revenue compared to Q204.
IDC pegged growth at 5.6% year over year to $12.2 billion in the second quarter of 2005. Gartner pegged the growth at 4.7% to $12.2 billion. Go figure...