Servers: Sun tries to shine, out of the blue

The battle between Sun Microsystems and IBM over who is leading worldwide server sales has spread to the Asia Pacific region where analysts say competition will be fierce in 2001.

As previously reported (also see Computerworld, March 5, P10) the latest Gartner Dataquest figures show IBM maintained the number one spot for worldwide server revenues but Sun chalked up highest year-over-year growth gaining substantial ground in market share.

Gartner analyst Matthew Boon believes this intense rivalry will be played out in the Asia Pacific this year where will see a "bit of jockeying" for position.

For the first time in three years, he said there is significant movement in the server market.

"It's an interesting year for the high end of town with Compaq really moving into the enterprise space; there will be a lot of movement in the second half of 2001 when Sun releases UltraSparc 3 which will really push them along," Boon said.

"Last year we saw releases from IBM, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard and as long as there is no delay in Sun's release it will do well and gain market share; however, if there is a delay competitors will jump straight on it."

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