Overall, IDC said the worldwide server market increased by 4.6 percent year-over-year to $10.4 billion in the first quarter. Gartner this week put the server growth at 6 percent for the quarter and the total market at $10.8 billion. Both firms cited the x86 systems as key to the growth.
"It's really going to take a while to see what the shape of that will really be." Charles King, an analyst at Pund-IT, of the broader Unix trend. Oracle may be "the biggest question mark, although the company has thrown its weight behind Sun's UltraSparc Unix systems. [Oracle] said that it will continue development, but it is going to take a while for us to really see what the shape of that is going to be," said King.
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