Worldwide server shipments for the second quarter of 2006 increased 12,8% over the same quarter last year, while worldwide server revenue for the same period climbed 2,5%. 

According to Gartner, worldwide server revenue totalled $12,4-billion for the quarter, as worldwide servers shipments reached 2-million units.
“The two server categories that exhibited the greatest strengths were x86 and blade servers,” says Jeffrey Hewitt, research director at Gartner.
“x86 servers and x86 blade servers continue to be the systems of choice for growing the front and middle tiers of the Web infrastructure.
“RISC-Itanium Unix servers grew 1,8% in shipments for the quarter, but dropped a more significant 2,6% in revenue,” he adds. “This segment continues to be hotly contested on a global basis, but suffered from constrained revenue overall in the second quarter.”
IBM continued to lead the worldwide server market based on revenue. IBM’s System x/x Series and System z/z Series grew during the second quarter of 2006, but it experienced declines in System i/i Series and System p/p Series which resulted in a slight overall revenue decline of 1,7%.
In server shipments, Hewlett-Packard dropped 0,1% in share, but it retained its worldwide server shipment lead and extended the share gap between it and second-place Dell by just over two percentage points.
HP’s year-over-year shipment growth was 12,5% in total. The company’s ProLiant and Integrity product lines increased 13,4% and 7,9% respectively, while its remaining server brands fell for the period.