May 28, 2010 – Research released this week shows positive signs for worldwide server shipments, which grew 23 percent year over year in the first quarter of 2010, while revenue increased 6 percent, according to Gartner, Inc.

Latin America had the highest vendor revenue growth at 27.9 percent for the period. All other regions had varying shipment and revenue increases except Japan, which posted a revenue decline of 0.7 percent. The U.S. grew the most in shipments, with a 28.6 percent increase.

"We've seen a return to growth on a worldwide level, but the market has not yet returned to the historical quarterly highs that were posted in 2008, and there were some interesting variations in that growth," said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner in the announcement.

HP had the highest revenue in the worldwide server market in the first quarter of 2010, $3.4 billion, which is 31.5 percent of the market. IBM fell from the number one spot, and it sustained a 2.1 percent revenue decline for the quarter. Of the top five global vendors, Dell, Fujitsu and HP all had revenue increases for the first quarter of 2010.

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