X86 server market shows sales surge

The market for X86 servers soared in the fourth quarter after a long period in the doldrums, said IDC.

Its latest figures showed that volume server sales rose by 9.9 percent year on year, while midrange servers showed a year on year decline of 5.3 percent. At the high end, factory revenue declines by 23.6 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2008. IDC said: “This is the first time since Q3 2008 that all three server segments have not experienced a year over year revenue decline in the same quarter, offering further evidence that a recovery is underway.”

IBM holds the number one share worldwide with 35.4 percent share in Q4 2009. Demand for X86 servers increased while the System Z mainframe system declined.

HP has 30.5 percent share, Dell had 11.5 percent share, Sun Microsystems had eight percent market share and Fujitsu 4.6 percent share.

Windows server revenues in Q4 amounted to $5.4 billion, the highest figure for two years. Linux also grew with revenues of $1.9 billion. Unix server revenues were $3.9 billion for the quarter, down 18.1 percent year on year.

X86 server systems in general accelrated by 12.6 percent in the fourth quarter, representing $7.1 billion worldwide. Dan Harrington, analyst at IDC’s enterprise server group, said: “In 2009, X86 servers captured more than 55 percent of all server revenue and more than 96 percent of all server units shipped worldwide.”