Sun Leads Unix Server Market, Analysts Claim

Market research firm IDC this week reported that Sun Microsystems Inc. holds the lead over Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp. in the Unix server market.

Sun commanded a 48 percent market share of worldwide Unix server shipments, more Unix servers than HP, IBM and Compaq combined.

According to a third-quarter 2000 study of server revenue and shipments, Sun also received 39 percent of the revenue from Unix sales.

The study is divided into three categories ranging from entry-level to high-end servers.

In the entry-level range, Sun had a 49 percent market share, followed by HP and Compaq, each with 13 percent, and IBM with 10 percent.

In the midrange market, Sun captured 43 percent, HP 27 percent, IBM 10 percent, and Compaq 9 percent.

In the high-end server market, Sun fared the best. The company garnered 56 percent of the market, followed by IBM and HP.

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