Worldwide Server Shipments Rose 8.9% in 2006; Revenue Reaches $53 billion: Gartner

Worldwide computer server shipments increased 8.9% to 8.2 million units in 2006, while worldwide server revenue was up just 2% to $52.7 billion last year, according to Gartner. Mainframes with 3.9% jump had the strongest revenue growth of any segment for the year. 

Other Highlights:

  • RISC-Itanium Unix servers shipments fell 1.6% and revenue slipped 0.8%. 
  • IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market with $16.9 billion revenue in 2006 for a 32% market share, followed by HP at 27% share.  
  • Of the top five global vendors, only Sun gained revenue share for the year with a share gain of 1.2% to reach 10.8%. 

Top 5 Worldwide Server Vendors by  Revenue - 2006

Company

2006 Revenue (US Dollars)

2006 Market Share (%)

2005 Market Share (%)

2006-2005 Growth (%)

IBM

16,895,062,702

32.1

32.2

1.7

Hewlett-Packard

14,240,676,553

27.0

28.2

-2.3

Sun Microsystems

5,708,595,035

10.8

9.6

15.4

Dell Inc.

5,431,169,668

10.3

10.5

0.4

Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens

2,508,982,735

4.8

5.2

-7.0

Other Vendors

7,890,634,701

15.0

14.3

6.7

Total

52,675,121,394

100.0

100.0

2.0

Source: Gartner Dataquest (February 2007)

Server Shipments: 

Hewlett-Packard remained the worldwide leader for 2006 with 8% growth to reach 2.26 million units. 

Of the top 10 vendors in server shipments worldwide, Rackable Systems had the highest growth with a 68% increase for the year.  

Blade servers continue to be a high-growth segment with a revenue increase of 36.5% and a shipment increase of 33.0% for the year. IBM leads the market with a 41.1% revenue share of blades while HP finished the year with a 32.5% share. 

Worldwide Server Shipments Estimates, 2006 (Units)

Company

2006
Shipments

2006 Market Share (%)

2005 Market Share (%)

2006-2005 Growth (%)

Hewlett-Packard

2,261,074

27.5

27.7

8.0

Dell Inc.

1,783,445

21.7

22.5

4.8

IBM

1,293,825

15.7

15.9

7.8

Sun Microsystems

368,603

4.5

4.5

7.6

Fujitsu Siemens

256,794

3.1

3.5

-2.3

Other Vendors

2,270,036

27.6

25.9

15.9

Total

8,233,777

100.0

100.0

8.9

Source: Gartner Dataquest (February 2007)

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