Sun shining high

Sun Microsystems has confirmed its position today as the world-wide number one Unix server revenue earner according to leading analysts IDC and Gartner/Dataquest.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  March 13, 2003

Sun Microsystems has confirmed its position today as the world-wide number one Unix server revenue earner.

According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, February 2003 report, Sun’s Unix server revenue for the calendar year 2002 was 32.3%, growing by 1.3 points, while Sun’s Unix server shipment market share was 44.5% and grew by 4.5 points for the same period.

This makes it a double hat trick for Sun as the Unix server revenue and shipment leader for a sixth successive year providing industrial strength network hardware, software and services provision to the Middle East.

Sun has managed to sustain its position despite a downturn in profits due to the economic slowdown in the IT market, a reduction of staff, and added competition from second hand servers flooding into the market. It also maintained its entry-level server market position, which grew in revenue share by over 2 points.

“Our focus in the Middle East for this calendar year is on delivering solutions that support customers’ freedom of choice across operating environments,” commented Giuseppe Zaccaria, general manager for Sun’s Middle East & North Africa division.

Sun can expect further competition this year as many server manufacturers are responding to Intel’s push towards Itanium, offering investment protection with performance, scalability, high availability, and choice

Sun however remains confident that it can maintain its position by continuing to spot trends and develop its products accordingly.

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