Weak q4 for x86 servers pulls down 2006 growth

Worldwide server shipments grew 8.9% in 2006 to reach a total of 8.2 million units, according to Gartner.

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By  Administrator Published  March 1, 2007

Worldwide server shipments grew 8.9% in 2006 to reach a total of 8.2 million units, according to Gartner.

The analyst firm's figures also showed worldwide revenue for the year was up 2% on 2005 to US$52.7 billion.

Gartner said the market as a whole had been held back by a slowdown in the x86 server segment during Q4, which it put down to the anticipated launch of quad-core processors and the impact of server virtualisation.

"The fourth quarter of the year exhibited slower growth in x86 servers than we have seen in most recent years which constrained the results for the year as a whole," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner.

IBM led the server market based on revenue in 2006, while HP led the market in the number of units shipped.

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