Gartner reported today that IBM continues to hold the number one position in worldwide server revenue share, with 29.8 percent revenue share in the first quarter of 2007, continuing its 8 consecutive years of leadership.
As organizations increasingly consolidate workloads onto high-end systems, IBM is well positioned to take advantage of this trend through its leadership in UNIX and mainframes. According to Gartner, IBM’s System z mainframe led servers priced at $250,000 or more with revenue with 31.4 percent share, growing 12 percent year to year.
IBM also led the industry worldwide in UNIX servers with 32.7 percent revenue share.IBM’s leadership position in UNIX servers was announced on the heels of the company’s introduction of the world’s fastest microprocessor ever built, POWER6, and an ultra-powerful new computer server that leverages it. The processor speed of the POWER6 chip is nearly three times faster than the latest Intel Itanium processor that runs HP’s server line.
“The energy crisis in data centers is driving businesses to consolidate inefficient distributed systems onto more energy-smart and cost-effective high-end systems,” said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive for IBM Systems & Technology Group. “IBM will continue its leadership in the server market with initiatives like the recently announced ‘Project Big Green,’ to help provide clients with a logical roadmap to sharply reduce data center energy consumption.”
According to Gartner IBM also grew revenue with its System x business by 7.3 percent, and also increased shipments of its BladeCenter servers by 12.7 percent and revenue by 15.5 percent.