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HP Again No. 1 in Worldwide Server Shipments, Showing Strong Growth in Worldwide Server Market


Marking its 20th consecutive quarter of server shipment leadership, HP once again was No. 1 in total server units shipped, according to first calendar quarter 2007 server market figures released today by industry analyst firm IDC.(1)

HP grew overall server shipments by 16.6 percent in the first quarter, growing faster than the top 10 vendors in the worldwide server market. Driven by strong growth across its ProLiant, Integrity and BladeSystem families, HP captured 33.6 percent shipment share in the first quarter, shipping more than one out of every three servers in the world. These strong results were underscored with the fact that HP again tied for No. 1 in worldwide Q1 server factory revenue for the third year in a row.

In addition, HP maintained its commanding lead as the No. 1 x86 server vendor, showing continued leadership as the No. 1 blade server vendor in the first quarter with 45.1 percent total shipment share, a year-over-year growth rate of 84.9 percent. Fueled by impressive market acceptance of the HP BladeSystem c-Class architecture and the use of blades in the high-performance computing market, HP took more than five points of sequential market share at the expense of IBM and Dell in the first quarter and outpaced the worldwide blade server market as a whole.

“Today’s results from IDC demonstrate HP’s formidable strength as a technology provider and confirm that we’re meeting and exceeding customer needs,” said Mark Hudson, vice president of marketing, Enterprise Storage and Servers, HP. “The strong growth in ProLiant, Integrity and BladeSystem shows not only the breadth and value of our portfolio, but also the strong customer acceptance from midsized businesses through large enterprises and high-performance computing customers.”

Highlights from IDC’s worldwide report include:

* HP continued to lead the x86 server market with 35.3 percent factory revenue share and 34.7 percent shipment share, marking the 43rd consecutive quarter of leadership in this space. Driven by continued success with its ProLiant family of servers and increased demand for more richly configured server systems, HP grew x86 factory revenue 17.9 percent year-over-year, the largest growth margin since the fourth quarter of 2004.(2)
* In the high-performance computing market, HP maintained its No. 1 spot for the first quarter of calendar year 2007 with 33.7 percent revenue share. While high-performance computing industry revenue declined 4.7 percent quarter-over-quarter, HP experienced 3.7 percent growth quarter-to-quarter.(3)
* In the highly competitive AMD® Opteron™ processor-based server market segment, HP took the No. 1 positions in both revenue and factory units shipped. Despite the entrance of new competitors to the market, HP gaining 2.9 percentage points of factory revenue share and 3.1 percentage points of shipment share year-over-year.
* HP held the No. 1 position in the EPIC/Itanium® processor market segment in both factory revenue and units shipped, with 39.2 percent factory revenue growth year-over-year in the first quarter, driven by continued market acceptance of the HP Integrity and HP Integrity NonStop family of servers.
* HP remains the No. 1 Linux server vendor, growing faster than major competitors and holding more than 35 percent factory revenue and shipment market share in the first quarter.
* In the high-end UNIX server market,(4) HP continued its leadership in factory revenue share and shipment market share driven by the strength of the HP-UX operating environment and growth in HP’s Integrity server business.
* In combined Windows®, Linux and UNIX server shipments and factory revenue, HP held the No. 1 position, with 33.5 percent and 32.7 percent share, respectively. These three operating systems account for more than 97 percent of servers shipped worldwide.

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