IBM handily claimed the server market share lead in the fourth quarter as the company rode its new mainframe and Power7 systems, according to Gartner. Overall, fourth quarter server revenue was up 16.4 percent from a year ago.
In the fourth quarter a year ago, IBM and HP were in a virtual tie in terms of server market share based on revenue. HP lost market share in the fourth quarter as IBM and Dell gained. Oracle took the largest market share hit in the fourth quarter as the company focuses on higher end systems.
Gartner said pent-up server demand fueled results. Overall, server sales delivered solid growth in the fourth quarter as the data center upgrade cycle continued.
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