Stephen Lawson at InfoWorld:
For the first time, Microsoft Windows was the leading OS in new servers in the third quarter, as the overall worldwide server market grew a robust 8.1 percent, market research company IDC said Tuesday.
After a long period focused on cutting costs and buying servers just to run current applications, enterprises are once again investing strategically in systems to handle future workloads, said IDC analyst Matt Eastwood. IT organizations are once again being asked to support real growth, he said.
Sales of Windows systems accounted for 36.9 percent of all server revenue in the quarter, versus 31.7 percent for Unix and 11.5 percent for Linux, Eastwood said.
Gartner reported slightly slower server revenue growth, but both said the biggest growth was in servers priced under $25K. IBM, HP, and Dell (in order) have the largest shares with Sun now relegated to 4th place.
Much more by following the link, but also of note:
Processors with 64-bit capability are leaping to the forefront of the x86 server market, according to IDC. In the third quarter, 69 percent of all x86 servers sold had 64-bit-capable processors, compared with just 9 percent a year earlier, Eastwood said. Most of those chips are still running only 32-bit applications, but enterprises are investing for the future, he said.
Vendors switching over to exclusively x64 offerings has something to do with it too.