We're number one, claims Sun Microsystems. No, we're number one,
Turns out both can make that claim, according to the most recent
International Data Corp. (IDC) research on server market share in
2000. IBM is the number-one vendor in worldwide server sales, while
Sun Microsystems now is the top server vendor in the United
For the full year 2000, IBM was the top vendor with 23 percent
of worldwide market revenue; Sun was number two with 17 percent
market share; Compaq captured third place with 16.5 percent; while
Hewlett-Packard and Dell rounded out the top five with 15 percent
and 6 percent, respectively. IDC reports the worldwide server
market topped $60.2 billion in factory revenue on shipments of
almost 4.4 million for calendar year 2000. This translates to 7
percent annual revenue growth and 17 percent unit growth.
For Linux users, the IDC survey held good news: IDC estimates
that the Linux server market is now a $1.7 billion market, up 132
percent from 1999. Most of these installations are in what IDC
deems the low end of the server market, where Linux competes with
Microsoft's Windows NT and Windows 2000. Despite the huge leap in
revenues, IDC estimates that Linux-server sales lag Windows NT/2000
server sales widely in terms of revenues: Windows NT/2000 sales
were estimated to rise 31 percent in 2000, to $13.9 billion in
sales. In addition, overall UNIX server sales rose 14 percent, to
IBM was a beneficiary of all of these trends. According to IDC,
4Q2000 saw IBM become the fastest-growing Windows NT/2000 server
vendor, with a 60 percent revenue growth. Similarly, 4Q2000 saw IBM
become the fastest-growing Linux vendor, with a 178 percent revenue
There's now no doubt that IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun are by
far the largest UNIX vendors, with the three dominating the top
positions in the high-end, midrange, and entry-level UNIX markets.
IBM leads in the midrange field (servers costing $100,000 - $1
million), while Sun leads in both the high-end and entry fields.
Overall, the top five vendors accounted for almost 80 percent of
the worldwide factory revenue: IBM led with 27 percent market
share; Compaq and Sun Microsystems were neck and neck for the
number two spot, at 16.34 percent and 16.32 percent, respectively;
Hewlett-Packard captured the fourth position with 14 percent; and
Dell rounded out the top five with almost 6 percent.
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