Q1 Server Vendor Winners And Losers

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Dell Is Gaining Server Share

IDC and Gartner preliminary data shows Dell gaining unit share in the intensely competitive server market even as the company moves to complete a $24.4 billion leveraged buyout. On a worldwide basis, Dell's first-quarter server unit shipments grew 5.7 percent compared to the year ago quarter, according to IDC.

Gartner first-quarter preliminary worldwide data, meanwhile, shows Dell's unit server shipment share up 2.6 percent to 22.2 percent in the first calendar quarter compared to the year ago quarter.

Dell's unit share of the North American market, meanwhile, climbed to 35.7 percent in the first quarter, up from 31.7 percent during the same quarter a year ago, according to IDC preliminary data.

Dell CEO Michael Dell says the gains are signs of a company that is getting more aggressive and sharply focused on executing in the sales trenches. "We are playing offense here," he said. "The other guys are playing defense."

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