HP overtakes IBM in global server sales

Hewlett-Packard overtook hardware rival IBM in terms of worldwide server sales volume in the second quarter of 2010, according to statistics from IT market analyst IDC.

HP derived $3.53 billion in revenue from sales of its server hardware, a 26% rise compared with the year-ago quarter. Comparatively, IBM sold $3.24 billion of products in its server line, a 3.2% decrease. Oracle, which became a hardware vendor following its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, saw server sales fall by 6% to $938 million.

IDC said the quarter saw the fastest sales growth since 2003, and that was fuelled by a wave of hardware refreshes previously delayed due to the difficult economic conditions.

Peter Done

Peter Done is managing director of Peninsula Business Services, the personnel and employment law consultancy he set up having already built a successful betting shop business.

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