Linux server sales grow for 12th straight quarter

* Latest Linux server sales figures from IDC

Linux server sales continued strong through the second quarter of 2005, according to a recent market research report.

For the twelfth quarter in a row, Linux server sales saw double-digit growth, says analyst firm IDC. Server vendors sold $1.4 billion worth of Linux-based servers in the second quarter of 2005, a 45% increase from the same quarter a year ago. Shipments of pre-installed Linux boxes were also up 32% from the previous quarter, the report says.

The Linux revenue and shipment growth figures outpaced the overall server market, which grew by 5.6% in revenue and around 10% in terms of shipments. In terms of growth, Linux outpaced Windows, which saw 14.3% revenue in the second quarter, as well as all combined Unix revenue, which grew by about 2%. But in terms of overall sales, Linux was still smaller than Windows and Unix, however; both operating systems had around $4 billion in server revenue in the second quarter. 

A Linux market milestone was also reached in the second quarter of 2005, as Linux' total share of the pre-installed server pie grew to 11.5% of the worldwide server market, which stood at $12.2 billion in the second quarter. This was the first time Linux sever sales broke the 10% mark, IDC says.

Among the vendors selling Linux servers, HP was the leader with 24.3% of all Linux server sales, while IBM was second with 20% of Linux server sales.

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