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.
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.”