Sun Continues to Dominate UNIX Market

Jim Martin

Sun Microsystems, Inc. continued its stronghold on the UNIX server market, capturing the number one position in total UNIX server shipments for the 13th consecutive quarter, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC, Framingham, Mass.) Q2CY00 Server Tracker report.

Overall, Sun ended the quarter with a 43 percent market share, shipping two and a half times as many UNIX servers as HP and almost two times as many as IBM. Sun also retained the top spot in overall UNIX server revenue, with a 37 percent market share on revenue of $2,632 million.

Among the top five vendors, Sun experienced the fastest growth in total server marker shipments, measuring 56 percent quarter-to-quarter. In the mid-range category, Sun was first in the worldwide UNIX server market with $963 million in revenue, a 28 percent market share. It also ranked first in the worldwide total server market with 7,432 units shipped, a 34 percent market share.

"Sun's vision, focus and execution continue to score high marks with customers -- who at the end of the day are truly the judge," says Shahin Khan, vice president of marketing for Sun's System Products Group. "From chips, to systems to storage to software -- we offer a family of compatible products based on open systems that work together to deliver a robust platform for the dot-com world. And while these results indicate that the competition is having a difficult time keeping up at the server level, it is the overall picture where they are truly overmatched."