HP is #1 in server shipments, SUN had the largest growth in 1Q'06

According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, factory revenue in the worldwide server market declined 1.9% year over year to $11.9 billion in the first quarter of 2006. Following ten successive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth, this was the second consecutive quarter of year-over-year revenue decline as quarterly compares become more difficult. Worldwide server unit shipments growth slowed modestly to 9.5% in 1Q06 when compared with 1Q05.
Volume server revenue grew 6.3%, revenue for midrange enterprise servers declined 16.2% y/y and the high-end enterprise server market showed a 3.2% decline year over year, making this the sixth consecutive quarter of declining revenue for high-end enterprise servers.
  • Microsoft Windows servers  revenues grew 5.9% to $4.4B while unit shipments grew 12.9% y/y. 
  • Unix servers experienced a 7.1% decline in factory revenue to $3.9B , while unit shipments declined 8.7%
  • Linux servers posted their 15th consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 17.0% (12.2% share of the market) and unit shipments up 14.4%.
  • HP and IBM tied for the number one position with 28.1% and 27.9% share respectively.
  • Dell maintained third place on its own in terms of revenues with 11.1% market share in 1Q06. 
  • Sun experienced 5.8% y/y revenue growth in 1Q06 and increased its overall market share to 10.8% from 10.0% in 1Q05.
  • HP maintained the number 1 position in unit shipments worldwide with 29.9% server shipment share, growing shipments 7.8% year over year. Dell maintained the number 2 spot in terms of worldwide server shipments with 24.0% share, down from 24.5% share in 1Q05.

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