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IBM: Server Shipments Take A Big Hit

IBM's x86 server numbers also took a huge hit in the third quarter. Gartner estimated that IBM's server shipments fell by 30.2 percent over last year to 195,805 units.

As a result, IBM's x86 server market share in the third quarter of 2013 fell to 7.9 percent according to Gartner. That compares to 9 percent in the second quarter of 2013, according to official Gartner numbers.

Hewett at Gartner said he suspects a big reason for the drop was related to leaks about talks between IBM and Lenovo about Lenovo purchasing IBM's entry-level server business.

"If you do stuff like that, that will have an impact on customers," he said.