9/2/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced that the company grew its worldwide UNIX server leadership position in Q203, and increased its share of the overall worldwide server market (including servers running all types of operating systems), according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker .
Sun's UNIX server revenues accounted for 33 percent of all UNIX server factory revenues during the second quarter, ended June 30, 2003. In addition, Sun gained 1.6 points of market share and leads its nearest competitor, HP, in terms of UNIX server factory revenue during Q203. Significantly, Sun increased its share in the overall server market, holding a 13.5 percent share of worldwide factory revenues for servers, including servers running all types of operating systems, compared with a 12.8 percent share of the overall server market in the previous quarter, Q103.
"With these share gains customers have sent a clear signal that the innovation, choice and value Sun delivers matters to them," said Mark Tolliver, chief strategy officer and executive vice president for marketing & strategy, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "In the last quarter we continued to deliver servers with superior price/performance based on industry-leading Sparc and Solaris. We also offered more choice to our customers with systems based on Solaris for x86, Linux, and x86. This strategy is clearly the one customers want as Sun increased share in the UNIX market and across all servers running all types of operating systems."
"At Sun Network, Sept 16 through Sept 18, 2003, you will see us make a series of breakthrough announcements that will further our competitive edge while dramtically reducing our customers' cost and complexity," added Tolliver.
Additional Sun highlights include:
Sun gained market share in UNIX server revenue in two key server market segments defined by IDC in its Server Taxonomy: Volume (servers priced less than $25,000) and High-end Enterprise (servers priced at $500,000, or more).
Sun once again asserted its UNIX server unit shipment leadership worldwide, with a leadership position of 42.8 percent of all UNIX server shipments during Q203, more than twice the number of units shipped by IBM during the quarter.
Sun remained the number one vendor in UNIX server shipments across all major geographic regions tracked by IDC (U.S., Western Europe, Japan, Asia/Pacific, Canada and Rest of World).  Source: IDC's Worldwide Server Tracker, Q203.
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