The worldwide server market performed better than expected in the first quarter of 2003, despite the threat of a lingering war with Iraq and a continued weak economy, which had an effect on IT spending during the quarter, according to market analyst Gartner.
Preliminary numbers published by Gartner show that worldwide server shipments in the first quarter rose to 1.2 million units, up 10.4 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.
HP defended its leading position in the worldwide ranking, accounting for 29.1 per cent of server shipments. Dell Computer came in second (20.2 per cent) followed by IBM (14.8 per cent).
The top three vendors accounted for more than half of all servers shipped during the first quarter.
Sun Microsystems was the only top-tier vendor to suffer a decline in worldwide server shipments, down 13.2 per cent in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. The company accounted for 4.9 per cent of shipments, Gartner said.
For the fifth consecutive quarter, server shipments in the US experienced a year-over-year growth rate greater than 10 per cent, Gartner said.
The US server market grew 13.2 percent in the first quarter to 499,609 shipped units, up from 441,540 units a year ago.
Since the war with Iraq started toward the end of the first quarter of 2003, it didn't have a severe effect on server shipments during the quarter, Gartner analyst, Joseph Gonzalez, said.