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CNET News.com: Sun moves up on IBM in server sales - IDC

Dec 14, 2000, 15:14 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The server market increased 12 percent in the third quarter, to $15.4 billion, with Sun Microsystems advancing over two competitors to take second place overall, a study released Wednesday said. IBM's $3.2 billion in server revenue for the third quarter of 2000 kept it at the top of the list, but Big Blue actually lost 2 percent of the share it had in the third quarter of 1999, said market research firm IDC."

"Systems based on the Linux operating system and rack-mountable servers grew much faster than the overall server sector, IDC said. Linux server sales increased 178 percent from the third quarter of 1999 to the third quarter of 2000, while rack-mountable server sales grew 400 percent."

"In the high-end segment--servers costing $1 million or more--Sun was at the top of the list, selling 723 in the quarter. IBM sold 370... While Sun sold nearly twice as many high-end systems, IBM charged more. It had $922 million in high-end revenue, while Sun reaped only $750 million."

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