Top Server Market Findings
Linux server demand was positively impacted by high performance computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 3.4% year over year in 1Q13 to $2.5 billion. Linux servers now represent 23.1% of all server revenue, up 2.5 points when compared with the first quarter of 2012.
Microsoft Windows server hardware revenue declined 4.2% year over year in 1Q13 with quarterly server hardware revenue totaling $5.7 billion representing 52.2% of overall quarterly factory revenue, up 1.9 points over the prior year's quarter.
Unix servers experienced a revenue decline of 35.9% year over year to $1.4 billion representing 12.6% of quarterly server revenue. This was the seventh consecutive quarter of revenue decline in the Unix server market and all major Unix server vendors experienced a year-over-year revenue decline in the quarter when compared with the first quarter of 2012.
IBM's System z mainframe running z/OS experienced its second consecutive quarter of growth, increasing revenue 7.0% year over year to $0.8 billion, representing 7.7% of all server revenue in 1Q13.