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IBM's RISC/Unix server business rose at the expense of those of HP and Oracle in part due to the impact of the ongoing dispute between the two over Oracle's decision to stop supporting HP servers in future releases of Oracle software, Hewitt said.
However, more important to IBM's success in this market is the fact that IBM is at its best when grabbing market share in a market which is flat or declining, he said.
"IBM executes well, and it takes market share from others," he said. "IBM is the ultimate pit fighter. Others will shine in growing markets. But when it comes to pit fighting in declining markets, IBM does it better than anyone."
In the x86 market, HP enjoyed a strong 11.9 percent revenue increase and a 17.7 percent increase in shipments to solidify its status as the number one vendor in this part of the server business, Gartner estimated.
Coming in at number two was Dell, which saw its server shipments increase 4.4 percent even as its server revenue fell 5.8 percent, Gartner said.
IBM was number three, and Fujitsu number four, in the x86 server market, with both companies showing strong improvements in server revenue compared to the growth in units shipped.
Oracle actually had a strong second quarter in the x86 server market, with revenue rising 46.3 percent over last year to make it the fifth-largest x86 server sell in terms of revenue. However, Lenovo burst into the top five in terms of the number of x86 servers shipped, with an increase of 45.8 percent over last year, Gartner said.