IBM continues to rank number one in worldwide server revenue market share according to recently released reports by Gartner and IDC.
Gartner reported that IBM had widened its lead over competition in the second quarter of 2008 capturing 31,2% of all server revenue worldwide. The research firm said IBM's server leadership was driven by Power Systems and System z. Power Systems captured 35.7% revenue share. All IBM brands in Gartner's over $250 000.00 server category combined to capture 59.7% revenue share.
According to the IDC, IBM's share of the server market revenue in the second quarter stood at 33.2% – surpassing HP with a 5.8% gap. IBM also topped the industry with a 27% revenue growth in overall servers.
The IDC also noted that IBM ranked number one across all Unix servers, IDC's server category of $250 000.00 or more, and the $10 000.00 or more price point. The firm said IBM's $250 000.00-plus servers and IBM System z beat the competition with a 37% and 24.8% revenue share respectively, taking 61.8% of industry's total revenue share.
For IDC's category of $10 000.00 or more, IBM obtained 48.4% revenue share, whereas Gartner put IBM's share at 45.4%.
"IBM maintained the lead across all geographies, which puts us in a great position to continue creating value for our customers in the sub-Saharan Africa market," says Zoaib Hoosen, IBM's director of Systems and Technology Group, in the sub-Saharan Africa region.
IBM recently launched its next generation mainframe for mid-sized businesses, the IBM z10 "Business Class" (z10 BC) with the capacity of up to 232 x86 servers and 83% smaller footprint, and up to 93% lower energy costs.