Evidently, Cisco's revolutionary recipe for a converged blade system (which dazzled the InfoWorld Test Center from the get-go) is meeting pent-up data center demands, thanks to its high degree of scalability, strong management features, virtualization- and cloud-friendliness, and built-in storage and networking features.
HP finishes atop the server heap
Still, there's no overlooking that fact that HP remains the company to beat in the server world, as it finished the first quarter of 2011 with the biggest piece of the server market as a whole: 31.5 percent. That figure is down 0.3 percent year over year, though HP's overall revenue from server sales is up 10.8 percent in the same time frame.
IBM, which ended 2010 as the market leader in server revenue, closed Q1 with a 29.2 percent share of the overall server market pie. Big Blue saw its overall worldwide market share swell by 2.3 percent year over year, with revenue growth representing a robust 22.1 percent. Continually strong sales of System z servers have helped IBM maintain its strong positioning.
Dell holds 15.6 percent of the worldwide server market share, down from 16 percent year over year. The company's revenue jumped 9.7 percent compared to Q1 of 2010.
Oracle ended the quarter with a 6.5 percent worldwide server market share, up just 0.1 percent. With that jump came a revenue surge of 13.6 percent.
Fujitsu, finally, is hanging on to 4.8 percent share of the server market, having seen a 1.6 percent overall drop in market share, as well as revenue drop of 15.6 percent.
Cisco, meanwhile, did not make IDC's list of overall server market factory revenue.
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