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The server market can only go up from the pitiful levels it set in the second quarter, according to the box counters at IDC, which pegged the period from April through June as the worst in the history of the systems business. Well, at least since 1996, when IDC has been tracking it, which is longer than we have been calling …


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  1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    So long ago

    "Well, at least since 1996, when IDC has been tracking it, which is longer than we have been calling them servers."

    Wait, what? We had "servers" back in the early 90's on the Sun Unix Network.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    It seems to me that with Sun servers going down the Oracle drain and HP's Itanic stuff going nowhere, IBM will soon be the only UNIX vendor, just as HP is still the king of x86, especially blades, the fastest growing / slowest declining in the x86 market ...

    we got ourselves a nice polarization in the "nasty piece of business" called IT servers...

    good luck to Cisco!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns


    "To the eternal shame of former Unix market leaders, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, IBM gained 7.4 points of Unix server market share in Q2, giving it a 41.4 slice of the Unix revenue pie. Sun had a 27.3 per cent slice and HP a 24.8 per cent slice, by comparison."

    As Matt stated before, HP is not desperate about waiting Tukwila Duke Nukem Forever... a 24.8% decline in sales is a really good projection for the future till 2Q/2010. Maybe HP will be desperate when Intel cancels Tukwila then.

    Sun had 27.3% decline and we will see a deeper decline in the next quarters thanks to Oracle.

    Seems like Gartner was right when they predicted a few years ago that only Windoze, Linux and AIX will remain in the OS space in the future.


  4. Anonymous Coward

    Solaris-UX-tru64 solution to compete

    What Gartner did not predict was HP buying Sun Solaris remains.

    We all will see a Franken style, Solaris-UX-tru64 solution with huge 52% of UNIX market share!!!

    This OS will run on x86, Itanic and SPARC!!!

    Well, dunno if it will work :)

  5. Jesper Frimann


    Eh. Your numbers are wrong.

    SUN had a 40% drop in Unix sales.

    HP had a 35% drop in Unix sales

    IBM had a 16% drop in Unix sales.

    // jesper

  6. Anonymous Coward

    @ AC re polarization

    before you fly your HP flag, please check the data - Dell is #1 in x86 in the US, #2 in world for x86 sales. Dell has 40%, HP 35% and IBM is a distant third with about 14% market share.

    Yes, HP has a greater blade market share, but in overall x86 unit sales in the US, Dell is ahead of HP and has been for a while.

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