Market Research Firm States IBM Expands Lead as Number One Server Vendor in the World

IBM Outperforms in Key Server Segments, Takes Number One Position in Blade Servers

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ARMONK, NY - 26 Nov 2003: International Data Corporation (IDC) reported today that IBM has retained its position as the number one server vendor in the world for the third quarter of 2003, with 31.1 percent share based on factory revenue.(1)

IDC data shows that IBM gained worldwide revenue share year-to-year in key server segments in the third quarter of 2003, as compared to the same quarter last year.

In overall servers, IBM gained 1.4 point of worldwide revenue share year-to-year in the third quarter.

IDC reports that in UNIX® servers, IBM gained 2 points of worldwide share in the third quarter year-to-year and grew revenue 4.5 percent.

In the sale of x86 servers, IBM gained .7 point of worldwide share year-to-year and grew revenue 16 percent significantly outpacing HP in terms of revenue growth.

In one of the hottest server segments, blade servers, IDC reports that IBM took a number one revenue share position with 34.8 percent of worldwide blade server share. At the same time, IBM also leads in worldwide blade shipments with 34.5 points in the third quarter.

In Linux servers, IBM grew its revenue share by 0.8 points of share year-to-year, while HP and Dell both lost share year-to-year. IBM grew revenue year-to-year by 56.5 percent in Linux servers.


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(1) Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, November 2003.