IDC published a report on the worldwide server market, stating sales have slightly declined in the fourth quarter of 2005. But the sales were high enough to push the annual sales result to a new record high of $51.3 billion.
AMD's Opteron sales and marketshare more than doubled in twelve months.
Another interesting finding is that the Windows server segment modestly exceeded spending for Unix servers.
IDC said that Q4 2005 results showed an x86 server market that continues to see "strong growth." Factory revenue for x86 servers grew 6.7%, while unit shipments grew 13.7% to 1.8 million servers. According to the market research firm, HP led the market with 33.4% revenue share due to strong revenue growth of 10.1% compared to Q4 2004. The fierce competition between Dell and IBM for the second position in the x86 market ended in a statistical tie, with IBM and Dell each holding approximately 20% revenue share for the fourth quarter, IDC said.