IBM claims Unix server crown for Q1 2001

IBM has earned the title of top Unix server vendor for the first quarter of 2001, beating out rivals Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Sun Microsystems, according to Tim Dougherty, director of e-business strategies at IBM.

Sales of IBM Unix servers increased 13 percent from the first quarter of 2000. The robust sales gave Big Blue an additional five points of market share while increasing revenue 28 percent, IBM officials said. HP's Unix server market share dropped a point as HP sales declined by 5 percent. Sun's dominant Unix server market share stood still as sales of Sun Unix servers fell by 3 percent, IBM officials said.

However, Doughterty said IBM will not rest on its laurels. "We have not been bashful in saying Sun is clearly the leader in the Unix business, and we're going after them," he said.

According to IBM, the news comes as International Data Corp. prepares to release full market share numbers for Q1 2001 on Wednesday, including figures from other server vendors such as Compaq Computer Corp.

IDC officials declined to comment on the Q1 figures prior to the report's release.

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