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Server Market Grows for 5th Consecutive Quarter

Market researchers at IDC say worldwide factory server revenues grew for the fifth consecutive quarter.

Factory revenue for the second quarter of 2004 hit $11.5 billion, up 6.9 percent compared to the same quarter in 2003. Factory revenues include server hardware, operating system and bundled software.

Volume server revenues grew 21 percent year-over-year, and high-end servers also increased by 6.1 percent. Midrange systems declined by 11.7 percent.

By platform, Unix factory revenues retained the revenue lead with $4.2 billion, followed by Windows at $3.6 billion, IBM zSeries mainframes at $1.5 billion and Linux systems at $900 million.

When it comes to year-over-year percentage gains in factory revenues by platform, Linux led with 49 percent growth, followed by IBM mainframes at 41 percent, Windows at 13 percent and Unix at 1.8 percent. By unit shipments, percentage gains were 38 percent for Linux, 35 percent for IBM mainframes, 25 percent for Windows and 20 percent for Unix.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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