News

IDC: Windows Server Revenues Essentially Equal Unix Market in Q3

Factory revenues for Windows servers and Unix servers were "essentially equal" in IDC's market share report for the third quarter, marking a potential turning point for the Windows server market.

Windows servers grew revenues by 13.3 percent over the comparable quarter in 2003 to hit $3.9 billion. Unix server revenues fell 2.3 percent compared to the year-ago quarter to $4.0 billion.

"Quarterly revenue of $3.9 billion for Windows servers represented 33.9 percent of overall factory revenue, essentially equal in size to the Unix market," IDC said in a statement.

Linux-server revenues continued to grow faster still, 42.6 percent over the year-ago quarter, for a ninth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Linux-based servers passed $1 billion in revenues in a quarter for the first time.

The overall server market for the third quarter represented $11.5 billion in sales, a 5.5 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2003.

Growth for both Windows and Linux platforms stemmed from the surging x86 platform and the trend toward substituting volume servers for midrange, mid-priced servers. The volume server segment grew in revenue by 18.2 percent year over year. Revenues for midrange enterprise servers declined 10.2 percent. There's still life in the high-end enterprise server market, which grew 1.9 percent year over year for its fourth consecutive quarter of growth.

"Although customers continue to target data center simplification initiatives, investment in strategic IT initiatives -- including new workloads -- are also growing significantly once again," said Matt Eastwood, program director of Global Enterprise Server Solutions at IDC.

About the Author

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

Featured

  • Microsoft Adds Privileged Identity Management Delegation to Azure Lighthouse

    The commercial release of Privileged Identity Management (PIM)-enabled Azure Lighthouse delegations is now available, Microsoft on Monday announced.

  • Microsoft Commercially Releases Entra Workload Identities

    Microsoft announced on Monday that its Entra Workload Identities service is now available as a commercial product offering, having reached the "general availability" stage.

  • The 2022 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    Microsoft has a lot in the docket for 2022, including new products like SQL Server 2022, Exchange Subscription Edition and Visual Studio 2022 for Mac.

  • OpenSSF Adopts Microsoft Open Source Software Security Guidelines

    The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) announced on Wednesday that it has adopted the Secure Supply Chain Consumption Framework (S2C2F) for ensuring the secure use of open source software (OSS) by developers.