The US server market has seen its second consecutive month of growth, while the worldwide market has remained flat, according to Dataquest, a unit of Gartner.

Worldwide server shipments totalled 1.08 million units in the second quarter of 2002, up 0.5 percent over the same quarter last year, according to Dataquest's preliminary research statistics.

US shipments reached 482,647 units, up 9.9 per cent on the year-ago quarter, the statement said. Apple enhanced its offering in the server market with the introduction of Xserve earlier this year.

Downturn However, this does not necessarily signal the end of the market downturn, because the market overall has yet to show consistent revenue growth, Dataquest said. Without a stable revenue stream, companies may not be able to invest in new server equipment.

A weak worldwide business environment means that purchasing decisions, platform changes and big contract signings are all being deferred, Dataquest said.

The combination of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Compaq moved the new HP into first place in worldwide and US rankings, despite HP alone selling less than last year.

HP has 30.5 per cent of the worldwide server market and 26.8 per cent in the US.

Dell comes in second place, with 18 per cent worldwide and 24 per cent in the US, followed by IBM with 14.5 per cent worldwide and 13.3 per cent in the US.

In fourth place, Sun Microsystems has a 6.5 per cent worldwide share, and a US share of 7.5 percent.

Fifth place is held by NEC internationally, with 2.2 per cent but by Gateway in the US with 1.1 per cent.