Factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 13.2% to $11.8bn in the third quarter of 2010, compared to $10.4bn in the same period last year, according to market research firm IDC.
Server unit shipments increased 13.1% year over year in the third quarter of 2010; however, its growth moderated slightly over the strong 23.1% year-over-year shipment growth reported in 2Q10.
Volume systems and midrange server revenue increased 22.8% and 19.8%, respectively, while high-end enterprise segment revenue declined 10.4%, compared to the same period a year ago.
According to IDC, HP held the top spot in the worldwide server market with 33.4% market share in the factory revenue in the third quarter of 2010, led by strong demand for its x86 ProLiant servers during the quarter and its revenue increased by 22.2% year over year.
IBM held the second place with 30.6% share as factory revenue increased 9.0% year-over-year.
Dell maintained the third spot with 14.1% market share with revenue increasing 18.7% year-over-year.
Oracle maintained the number 4 position with 7.5% market share and Fujitsu gained fifth position holding 5.1% revenue share in 2Q10.
IDC said that Microsoft Windows server demand was positively impacted by the accelerating x86 server market, as hardware revenue increased 26% and unit shipments increased 14.7% year over year.
Linux server revenue rose by 32.6% to $2.1bn in the quarter and Unix servers experienced 9.7% revenue decline, compared to third quarter of 2009.
The x86 server factory revenue increased 28.1% to $7.8bn as unit shipments increased 13.8% to 1.9 million servers.
The blade market accelerated and continued its sharp growth in the quarter with factory revenue increasing 23.1% year over year, with shipments increasing by 5.5% compared to 3Q09.