HP Leads Server Field
HP and IBM continued their battle for the top spot in a worldwide server market that declined 3.6 percent in revenue over the past quarter.Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM continued to battle for the top spot in a worldwide server market that declined 3.6 percent in revenue over the past quarter, according to numbers released Friday by analyst firm International Data Corp. According to the survey by the Framingham, Mass., firm, during the first three months of the year, HP gained the No. 1 spot, with more than $2.9 billion in revenue and 28 percent of the market share. The company, which bought Compaq Computer Corp. in May 2002, saw revenues drop 7 percent over the previous quarter. Among the largest OEMs, only IBM and Dell Computer Corp. showed revenue gains over the same period a year ago, and Dell was the only top-tier OEM not to see revenue drop from the last quarter of 2002, with revenue remaining flat. IBMs revenue for the quarter was almost $2.7 billion, a 39 percent drop from the previous quarter but a 7 percent jump over the same period last year, and enough for a 25.5 percent market share.
Dells server revenue came in at $985 million, a 15 percent jump over the same period last year. The Round Rock, Texas, company garnered 9.3 percent of the market. Sun Microsystems Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif., had more than $1.3 billion in revenuea 15 percent drop from last yearwith 12.8 percent market share.