IDC: Worldwide Server Market Accelerates Sharply in Q4'10 as Demand for Heterogeneous Platforms Leads - Dollarwise, Windows Leads the Server Market

The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker latest data revealed that factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 15.3% year over year to $15.0 billion in the 4Q10. Worldwide server shipments increased 6.1% to 2.1 million units in 4Q10 when compared with 4Q09. For the full year 2010, worldwide server revenue increased 11.4% to $48.1 […]

The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker latest data revealed that factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 15.3% year over year to $15.0 billion in the 4Q10. Worldwide server shipments increased 6.1% to 2.1 million units in 4Q10 when compared with 4Q09. For the full year 2010, worldwide server revenue increased 11.4% to $48.1 billion when compared to 2009, while worldwide unit shipments increased 15.3% to 7.6 million units.

The fast-rising star in the server OS space was IBM's z/OS mainframe operating system, IDC reported. A year ago, IDC didn't break out z/OS's share by revenue, but in the last quarter of 2010, that number was 11.3%.

Here're the IDC breakouts:

Server OS share (by percentage of revenue) for Q410

z/OS 11.3
Linux 17.0
Windows 42.1
Unix 25.6

Server OS share (by percentage of revenue) for Q409

z/OS (not available)
Linux 14.7
Windows 41.6
Unix 29.9

x86 Industry Standard Server Market Dynamics

HP led the market with 38.5% revenue share, Dell retained #2/21.1%, IBM #3/19.0%, Fujitsu and Sun held 3.5% and 2.8% share respectively.

Bladed Server Market Shows Strong Shipment and Revenue Growth

Overall, bladed servers -- including x86, EPIC, and RISC blades -- accounted for $2.0 billion in 4Q10 representing 13.4% of quarterly server market revenue. HP maintained #1 spot with 53.4% revenue share, IBM #2 with 28.1%.

Top 5 Corporate Family, Worldwide Server Systems Factory Revenue, Fourth Quarter of 2010

Top 5 Corporate Family, Worldwide Server Systems Factory Revenue, Full Year 2010

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