Apple has grown server shipments 119 per cent year over year, and attained above-average growth in the second quarter of 2004, despite shortages of G5 processors.

The company has "continued to re-establish itself in the server market", writes Gartner Dataquest. The analyst house has published its preliminary world-wide server shipment estimates for the third quarter 2004.

Gartner analyses its data according to 33 criteria, based on the idea that a server may be well-qualified for one market segment, but not for others, the company explains.

On this basis Apple scored a 14th position for market-readiness, and a poorer 17th place for operations management. However, "the positions in Gartner’s ranking sheet are certainly not bad, considering that Apple has only just entered the server market again with its Xserve and Xraid offerings," writes IT Enquirer.

Double-digit growth

The server market has achieved its seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth, and server shipments in the third quarter of 2004 totaled 1,653,330 units worldwide. This is a growth rate of 17.1 per cent compared with the third quarter of 2003, and 3 per cent growth from the second quarter of 2004.

HP leads the worldwide server market. The company shipped 465,977 units in the third quarter of 2004.

In second place, Dell has the fastest growth, gaining 25 per cent year over year, with 346,905 units shipped in the third quarter.

IBM is in third place, with 270,408 units shipped. In fourth place, Sun Microsystems, gained just over 1 per cent in the third quarter and shipped 80,053 units.

Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens increased its market share from 2.9 per cent to 3.8 percent in this quarter, after dropping a point over the last four quarters. It shipped 60,745 units, a growth rate of 12.3 per cent from the third quarter of 2003.