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IDC: Server Sales Grew in Q4

In the midst of miserable economic news on all fronts, IDC reports that worldwide server sales grew on booming rack-optimized server sales in Q4 2000. The analyst house made no mention on how things are shaping up for the current quarter.

Factory revenues approached $16.7 billion, up 14 percent from the fourth quarter of 1999. It was the largest quarterly increase of the year.

“Rack-optimized servers stole the spotlight in the server industry in 2001,” Vernon Turner, IDC’s vice president of Global Enterprise Server Solutions, said in a statement.

Without rack-optimized servers, overall server revenues would have decreased by about 6 percent year over year.

Rack-optimized server revenue jumped 257 percent over the earlier period.

The Windows NT server platform had a solid year, gaining hard on Unix server revenues.

Of about $60 billion in worldwide server revenues for all of 2000, server systems loaded with Unix accounted for about $29 billion, an increase of 14 percent.

Servers with Windows NT/2000 installed took $13.9 billion of the revenue, a jump of 31 percent.

Systems with the Linux OS are further back but gaining rapidly. Linux-based systems totaled $1.7 billion in revenues, a gain of 132 percent.

Overall server revenues were up 7 percent for calendar year 2000 over all of 1999. Shipment growth outpaced revenue growth. The 4.4 million units shipped in 2000 represent a 17 percent increase over 1999.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.