Worldwide server sales grew in Q3 2002

The worldwide server market grew 3.1% in the third quarter of 2001, reports Gartner Dataquest. The total number of units shipped was 1.1 million, up from 1.07 million in Q3 2001.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  October 29, 2002

The worldwide server market grew 3.1% in the third quarter of 2001, reports Gartner Dataquest. The total number of units shipped was 1.1 million, up from 1.07 million in Q3 2001. However, as sales in Q3 2001 were depressed the 11/9 attacks, the analyst house warned that vendors shouldn’t get too excited by the rise in sales.

"The performance of the worldwide server market in the third quarter of 2002 should be interpreted with caution because of the issues that existed in the same quarter one year ago," says Shahin Naftchi, senior analyst covering servers for Gartner Dataquest's computing platform worldwide program.

"The server market still looks cloudy with the possibility of war in the Middle East further aggravating economic uncertainty, and continued constraints on IT spending which make it hard to be optimistic about real recovery of the worldwide server market this year," the analyst adds.

HP kept its number one spot in the worldwide rankings with 30% market share. Dell stayed second, but continued to take sales from its competitors as its market share rose from 16.8% last year to 19.2% in Q3 2002. IBM (13.9%), Sun (6.2%) and NEC (2.2%) rounded out the top five vendors.

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