May 19, 2006 17:00 ET

REPORT: IBM Grows Twice as Fast as Major Vendors in Worldwide x86 Server Shipments for 1Q06

ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 19, 2006 -- In a preliminary report, Gartner, Inc. reported that IBM grew its worldwide x86 server units faster than major vendors (the top five) in first quarter 2006, with unit growth of 22.6 percent -- more than twice as great as the nearest competitor. (1)

"IBM showed the strongest unit growth among the top five vendors, with an increase of 22.6 percent," according to the report. "This translated to a unit share increase from 13.3 percent in 1Q05 to 14.1 percent in 1Q06."

"Momentum is building around our leading BladeCenter technologies and System x servers based on IBM's XDA and X3 innovations as we deliver leadership performance and address power consumption needs," said Susan Whitney, general manager, IBM System x.

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(1) Gartner, Market Share: Server Shipments, Worldwide, 1Q06 (Preliminary Statistics), Table 3: x86 Server Shipments and market Shares Worldwide, 1Q06 (Units), Joseph Gonzalez, et al., April 25, 2006.

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