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3Q Server Sales Reach $12.5B

IDC and Gartner may be rivals in the analyst community, but on Wednesday they actually agreed on the top five server vendors for the third quarter of 2005.

Framingham, Mass.-based IDC and San Jose, Calif.-based Gartner both gave the top honor to IBM. IDC said IBM's worldwide server revenue climbed 10.3 percent over the same quarter last year to hit $4 billion. Gartner pegged IBM's revenue at about $4.1 billion, up 9 percent year over year.

Hewlett-Packard was No. 2, according to both analyst firms. IDC said HP's worldwide server revenue increased 12.4 percent to hit $3.5 billion, while Gartner pegged HP's third-quarter growth at a more modest 6.6 percent to reach $3.5 billion.

Dell grabbed the No. 3 spot from Sun Microsystems, according to IDC. Dell's worldwide server revenue was $1.3 billion, up 11.8 percent, while Sun's revenue fell 7.6 percent to $1.1 billion. Rounding out IDC's top five was Fujitsu/Fujitsu-Siemens with revenue of $756 million, up 5.9 percent.

Gartner also assigned Dell third place with revenue of $1.3 billion, which it estimated was up 8.9 percent. Sun followed with $1.1 billion, down 7.6 percent, followed by Fujitsu/Fujitsu Siemens, up 7 percent to $690 million.

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