Gartner: Worldwide server sales flat, US growing

The U.S. server market has seen its second consecutive month of growth, while the worldwide market has remained flat, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Inc.

Worldwide server shipments totaled 1.08 million units in the second quarter of 2002, up 0.5 percent over the same quarter last year, Dataquest said in a statement of its preliminary research statistics released Monday.

U.S. shipments reached 482,647 units, up 9.9 percent on the year-ago quarter, the statement said.

However, this does not necessarily signal the end of the market downturn, because the market overall has yet to show consistent revenue growth, Dataquest said. Without a stable revenue stream, companies may not be able to invest in new server equipment.

A weak business environment worldwide means that purchasing decisions, platform changes and big contract signings are all being deferred, Dataquest said.

The combination of Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Compaq Computer Corp. moved the new HP into first place in worldwide and U.S. rankings, despite HP alone selling less than last year, the San Jose, California, research company said.

HP has 30.5 percent of the worldwide server market and 26.8 percent in the U.S. market.

Dell Computer Corp. comes in second place, with 18 percent worldwide and 24 percent in the U.S., followed by IBM Corp. with 14.5 percent worldwide and 13.3 percent in the U.S.

In fourth place, Sun Microsystems Inc has a 6.5 percent worldwide share, and a U.S. share of 7.5 percent.

Fifth place is held by NEC Corp. internationally, with 2.2 percent but by Gateway Inc. in the U.S. with 1.1 percent.

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