The new first quarter 2010 International Data Corp. numbers are out for the worldwide server market. According to the market researcher, Windows Server is still the runaway leader, in terms of operating system unit shipments, and also still in first place when it comes to revenues compared to Unix and Linux.
In Q1 2010, Windows Server was installed on 75.3 percent of the servers sold worldwide. Linux was on 20.8 percent of the servers and Unix on only 3.6 percent. Both Windows Server and Linux grew in share from Q4 2009 to Q1 2010; Unix declined slightly.
On the revenue side of the house, Windows Server-based systems brought in 48.9 percent of the dollars worldwide, IDC said. Unix was No. 2 with 22 percent and Linux, third, with 16.2 percent. As in the case of units, Unix-based systems lost share between Q4 2009 and Q1 2010.
Here are IDC's latest figures, as well as the comparable IDC data for Q4 2009. Note the percentages don't total 100. That is because IDC includes an unspecified "other" category that is not included here.
Q1 2010 units
Windows 1,379,487 (75.3%) Unix 65,451 (3.6%) Linux 380,429 (20.8%)
Q4 2009 units
Windows 1,434,225 (73.9%) Unix 84,851 ( 4.4%) Linux 412,041 (21.2%)
Q1 2010 dollars
Windows $5.1 billion (48.9%) Unix $2.3 billion (22.2%) Linux $1.7 billion (16.2%)
Q4 2009 dollars
Windows $5.4 billion (41.6%) Unix $3.9 billion (29.9%) Linux $1.9 billion (14.7%)
A few more observations from IDC's latest report:
Microsoft is expected to deliver a first beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack (SP) 1 -- and, by extension, Windows 7 SP1 -- any time now. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Softies announce and/or deliver that beta next week, in conjunction with the company's Tech Ed conference. Even though Microsoft has been advising IT admins not to wait for SP1 to move to Windows Server 2008 R2, a number of organizations still insist on waiting for SP1 before moving to a new version of Windows.
Microsoft officials said earlier this year that Windows 7 SP1 would be a conglomeration of bug fixes and updates, and would not include any new features. On the server side, SP1 will include two new virtualiztion features, Microsoft officials have said.
These new features include a new graphics acceleration platform, known as RemoteFX, that is based on desktop-remoting technology that Microsoft obtained in 2008 when it acquired Calista Technologies. There also will be a new addition to Hyper-V that will dynamically adjust memory of a guest virtual machine on demand.