2/23/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced that the company grew both its revenue and unit shipments in the worldwide traditional workstation (TWS) market on a quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) basis, comparing the fourth quarter of CY2003 to the third quarter of CY2003, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Workstation Tracker. In Q4CY03, Sun increased unit shipments by nearly 10 percent worldwide, while revenues were up 6 percent; Sun products represented 57 percent of the units shipped and 37 percent of the TWS revenue.
Last quarter, the overall TWS market (where Sun is the leader) grew 20.7 percent in unit shipments and 16.5 percent in revenue on a Q/Q basis demonstrating strong demand for 64-bit workstations and outpacing growth in the personal workstation market by nearly 2x. Sun has led the TWS market for more than eight years. The Sun Blade 1500 workstation (shipped for its first full quarter) and the Sun Blade 2500 workstation (which shipped only in the last half of Q4CY03) had particularly strong performance. Consider the following data from IDC:
"The traditional workstation market continues to be a stronghold for Sun, and the new products we recently introduced - including the Sun Blade 1500 and 2500 - are serving as engines to drive continued growth in TWS," said Neil Knox, executive vice president for Sun Microsystems' Volume Systems Group. "We're clearly the only vendor with the ideal combination of system performance and application availability for this important market."
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