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Gartner: IBM is tops in third-quarter server revenue share

Worldwide revenue for servers increased by 5.2 percent year over year while shipments grew by 7.2 percent, according to the latest forecast figures from market research firm Gartner.

Total revenue for the quarter was approximately $12.9 billion on a worldwide basis, Gartner reported. That compares with $12.3 billion in the third quarter of 2010.

Asia Pacific was the fastest-growing region from a unit sales perspective, while Eastern Europe drove the most revenue growth for the world’s top server vendors. The fastest growing form factor was rack-optimized units, Gartner reported.

The firm noted:

x86 servers forged ahead and grew 7.6 percent in units and 9.3 percent in revenue. Some regions like Western Europe and the United States did not produce as much relative x86-based server growth because of comparatively strong third-quarter results in 2010.”

Unit shipments of RISC/Itanium servers slipped by 6.8 percent, but the vendors managed a 3.5 percent revenue increase over the previous year.

IBM grabbed the top spot from a revenue-generation perspective. It drove $3.84 billion in revenue, up from $3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2010. That was good for 29.7 percent of the overall revenue during the quarter.

Meanwhile, despite a decline in quarterly server revenue, Hewlett-Packard remained the unit shipment leader. HP shipped about 693,265 servers during the third quarter, a 3.1 percent decline for the time period. Its revenue for the quarter was about $3.8 billion, which made it the No. 2 vendor from a revenue standpoint.

Oracle, which was No. 4 vendor during the quarter behind IBM, HP and Dell, generated $763.6 million in server revenue during the quarter, almost flat from $763.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. Its shipments during the quarter didn’t rate a separate mention from Gartner; they fell behind HP, Dell, IBM, Fujitsu and Lenovo.

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