IDC: IBM, HP Lead Robust Q3 Server Market
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The worldwide server market saw revenues grow 13.2 and shipments jump 13.1 percent in the third quarter as demand for systems continued to increase worldwide, according to market research firm IDC.
Hewlett-Packard took over the lead in the server revenue space as businesses push for x86-based systems, IDC said in a report released Dec. 1. IDC's report echoes numbers that Gartner released Nov. 29. Gartner found that third-quarter server shipments grow 14.2 percent and revenues rise 15.3 percent.
The server space is continuing a strong rebound after several poor quarters during the recession last year, according to IDC analyst Matthew Eastwood.
"The server market experienced its strongest growth in 10 years in the third quarter of 2010," Eastwood said in a statement. "All geographic regions exhibited positive growth for the second consecutive quarter as the infrastructure build-out and refresh extends across SMB, enterprise, public sector, and cloud/hoster organizations. While much of the third quarter refresh occurred in x86 and CISC-based mainframes, IDC expects the recovery to extend to Unix platforms in the fourth quarter of 2010."