Worldwide server shipments grew by 14.2% in the third quarter of 2010, Gartner reported this week, while revenue increased 15.3% year over year.

“The third quarter produced some solid year-over-year growth globally in both shipments and vendor revenue,” Jeffrey Hewett, Gartner research vice president, said in a statement. “All regions showed growth in both shipments and vendor revenue save one.”

The Middle East and Africa was the lone decliner, with revenues falling 2.9% despite a 4.2% increase in shipments.

As in the first half of the year, Gartner said x86-based servers continued to be the main driver of the market. That segment saw a 14.9% increase in unit shipments and a 29.5% increase in revenue in the third quarter. The “Other” category, which is primarily mainframes, also experienced a healthy 10% growth in the quarter.

By contrast, Unix servers remained in a slump with a 10.1% drop in shipments and a 9.5% decrease in revenues compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

From a vendor standpoint, Hewlett-Packard led the worldwide market with more than $3.9 billion in server revenue for a 32.1% share of the market. It managed to displace IBM, which held the top spot a year ago. IBM was next with $3.7 billion in revenue and 30.2% market share, followed by Dell, $1.8 billion revenue and 14.6% market share, Oracle with $764 million revenue and 7.4% market share, and Fujitsu, $582 million revenue and 4.7% market share

Oracle, which bought Sun Microsystems, continues to see customer erosion, with revenues falling 2.6% year-over-year. While that seems like a modest fall in revenues, it comes at a time when the overall market experienced growth.

 

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