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Global Server Market Healthy, Gartner Reports

Figures released by Garner point to a healthy server market worldwide, with IBM, Dell and HP leading the way.

According to a new server report released by Gartner, the global server market raked in revenue of $12.6 billion in the first quarter of 2011, a 17.3 percent rise from last year’s first quarter.

The company also reported 8.5 percent rise in shipments in Q1, with vendors shipping 2.3 million units in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, Hewlett Packard seems to be riding hard on the server market. The company continued to generate more revenue and ship more units than its rivals. HP accounted for 30.2 percent of the server revenue and 29.8 percent of server shipments during the quarter.

IBM on the other hand, came in second in terms of revenue and third in terms of shipment while Dell was third in revenue and second in shipments.

Gartner also informed that the market for Unix servers continued to grow, registering a 8.6 percent rise in shipments and 17.5 percent rise in revenue.

“RISC/Itanium Unix servers finally exited their slump and grew 5.2 percent in shipments and 20.7 percent in vendor revenue, compared with the same quarter last year,” Jeffrey Hewitt, research VP at Gartner, said in a statement.