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Sun sees drop in server market

All top 5 server vendors globally saw declines in revenue and shipment in the third quarter of 2009, with Sun Microsystems registering the biggest fall, according to latest figures from Gartner.
Written by Liau Yun Qing, Journalist on
All top 5 server vendors globally saw declines in revenue and shipment in the third quarter of 2009, with Sun Microsystems registering the biggest fall, according to latest figures from Gartner.

In a report released Monday, the research firm noted that Sun Microsystems saw its server revenue drop 32.3 percent and unit shipment dip 38 .1 percent in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year.

IBM experienced 12.3 percent decline in revenue growth, though it clocked the highest revenue in the market for the quarter at US$3.4 billion. Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu saw their revenue decline 15.1 percent and 10.8 percent, respectively. Dell Computer was the only vendor with a single-digit revenue decline of 5.1 percent among the top 5 vendors, Gartner said.

Compared to the same quarter last year, overall server revenue worldwide dropped 15.5 percent while shipment dipped 17.1 percent in the third quarter.

Despite the decline, Jeffrey Hewitt, Gartner's research vice president, said in the report the server market was "stabilizing" as both revenue and shipment indicated sequential revenue growth.

For more, read "Sun sets lowest in server market" at ZDNet Asia.

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