IDC says HP takes No. 1 server computer spot from IBM

Hewlett-Packard Co. took the top spot in server computer marketshare based on revenue during the first quarter from International Business Machines Corp., according to market research firm IDC.

Server computers are large computers used by corporations to do everything from transaction processing to managing corporate networks to running Web sites. They exclude personal computers.

Palo Alto, California-based HP had 27.9 percent of the market in the first quarter, 2.4 percentage points more than IBM, which had held the lead spot. In the fourth quarter of 2002, IBM had 29 percent marketshare compared with HP's 24 percent.

Within the overall market, HP and Sun Microsystems Inc. tied for the top spot in revenue from sales of server computers based on the closely watched Unix operating system, knocking Armonk, New York-based IBM down into third place. IBM and HP were tied for the top spot last quarter, followed by Sun Microsystems.

Sales of server computers overall fell by 2.3 percent from the year-ago quarter, IDC said. That compares with a year-over-year decline of 5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2002, which IDC said indicated a trend toward stabilization in overall spending.

News source: Forbes - IDC says HP takes No. 1 server computer spot from IBM

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