Plowing through more of our IT Priorities datahas turned up some interesting emerging trends in server plans 12 months out. Though the data set is still small (only 100 responses from our IT executives and managers), it appears as though there is a strong preference for Dell servers in our sample and an equally strong 'dislike' for IBM servers.
Twice as many planners prefer Dell servers as avoid them. Thisstrong preference for Dell could be a reflection of the recent Gartner datathat show Dell had the fastest year-over-year growth in market share (units shipped). On the negative side,twice as many planners are avoiding IBM servers compared to those who prefer them.
The chart below shows how all the leading vendors named by our IT decision makers stack up when it comes to solution planning for next year's IT server initiatives. As you can see, HP and Sun occupy a more balanced position, witha modest edge in the favored column. Notice, too, thatGateway appears to have more planners avoiding their server solutions than preferring them at this time. So stay tuned. We'll keep collecting data and reporting the results right here.