In terms of server revenue, HP leap-frogged last year's leader, IBM, with a strong 22.5 percent growth in sales over the third quarter of 2009, giving it a 32.1 percent share of the market, Gartner said. It was followed by IBM with a 30.2 percent share, Dell with a 14.6 percent share, Oracle with a 6.2 percent share, and Fujitsu with a 4.7 percent share. Of these, only Oracle saw its revenue fall compared to last year.
Server shipments in the U.S. rose 17 percent, while server revenue rose 16.3 percent, Gartner said.
Sales of thin rack-optimized servers outpaced those of blade servers, Gartner said. Shipments of rack-optimized servers grew 23.7 percent compared to a rise in revenue from such sales of 31.2 percent, while blade server shipments grew 7 percent compared to a 26 percent rise in revenue.