IBM eServer Extends Worldwide Revenue Lead In 2001, Report Says

IBM Showed Largest Worldwide Revenue Share Gain in UNIX Servers in 2001 Compared with Previous Year

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ARMONK, NY - 25 Feb 2002: IBM's share of worldwide server revenue jumped four points from year 2000 to 29 percent in 2001, extending the company's position as the world's leading server vendor by revenue, according to Gartner Dataquest's worldwide server quarterly statistics database.

Most other major server vendors lost revenue share for the year, according to Gartner Dataquest.

"It all came together for IBM in 2001 -- we had the best products across the board, and our commitment to open standards placed IBM squarely in the forefront of powerful industry trends," said Mark Shearer, vice president, IBM eServer product marketing. "We also had a clear strategy that we executed cleanly, while our competitors often appeared stymied by a variety of business and technology challenges."

IBM gained more revenue share than any major competitor in worldwide UNIX(R) server sales in 2001.

According to Shearer, the UNIX segment experienced a sea-change, as Linux gained popularity in the enterprise. Certain IBM competitors either began to rethink their single architecture strategy or announced they would abandon UNIX microprocessors and switch to Intel-only servers.

Meanwhile, in October IBM introduced the game-changing IBM eServer p690 UNIX server. Running on the new IBM POWER4 microprocessor, the system has already won a prestigious industry award in head-to-head competition with key rivals [1].

In Intel-processor based server sales, IBM gained revenue share in 2001 compared with 2000, reflecting IBM's vigorous push into the Intel server segment with a bold lineup of products that leverages mainframe-inspired technologies to enhance performance and reliability.

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[1] eWEEK magazine's eXcellence award.