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Server shipments peaked at about 9 million units in 2008, while revenue peaked at about $55.4 billion in 2007, and the industry is not likely to reach those peaks again for a couple years, he said. "And don't forget, 2010 is being compared to a relatively poor 2009," he said.
Hewlett-Packard was the top server vendor in terms of revenue in the second quarter of 2010 at $3.5 billion, up 26.7 percent. It was followed by IBM at $3.1 billion, Dell at $1.8 billion, Oracle at $929 million, and Fujitsu at $354 million.
Dell's server revenue grew fastest at 39.5 percent. However, IBM's server revenue fell 2.7 percent as customers halted mainframe purchases in anticipation of upcoming new models, while Oracle's server revenue fell 10.9 percent over customer concerns over the future in the wake of Oracle's 2010 acquisition of Sun.
In terms of shipments, HP again led the pack by shipping 644,172 servers during the second quarter, up 23.3 percent over last year. It was followed by Dell with 542,799 servers, IBM with 267,614 servers, Fujitsu with 60,974 servers, and Oracle with 47,968 servers.
All the server vendors experienced a rise in shipments except Oracle, which saw a 26.0 percent drop. Dell's server shipments grew 35.0 percent, the fastest of the top five vendors, but the "other vendors" actually grew shipments 37.7 percent, Gartner said.
Shipments of x86-based servers grew 35.1 percent in the second quarter over last year, while total revenue for all those servers grew 29.6 percent, Gartner said. However, shipments of non-x86 servers fell 21.1 percent even though revenue for those servers actually grew a healthy 12.3 percent.