Sales of servers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa have grown by six per cent during the second quarter for the second year according to a report released by IDG.
According to the market research firm, sales reached $4.13 billion (£2.06 billion) during the second quarter – up from $3.89 billion (£1.94) with Dell and HP both performing the best, seeing 21 per cent and 11 per cent growth each.
HP's growth helped it to retain its crown – holding off IBM's challenge – and managed to increase its lead by a further one per cent to 34 per cent – four per cent more than IBM. Sun, currently third saw its market-share fall down one per cent to 14 per cent while Dell saw its share rise one per cent to nine per cent.
According to the figures, for the first time ever X86 server sales generated 50 per cent of factory revenue. Sales of Windows based servers grew by 14 per cent over the course of the year; however, Linux revenues shadowed that increasing by 34 per cent.
"IT managers are very interested in virtualisation, Linux and Windows servers in Europe and they and the rest have stolen market share from Unix," said IDC enterprise server programme manager, Nathaniel Martinez.