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Sun's Fortunes Rise In U.S. Server Share While Dell Dives Deep

Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices might be helping to make or break the fortunes of some server manufacturers. According to Gartner analyst Jeffrey Hewitt, AMD Opteron-based servers contributed to Sun Microsystem's U.S. market share gains, while Dell's failure to jump into that market is adding to its woes.

Dell, troubled by a variety of missteps of late, saw its U.S. market share drop 6.5 percent for server revenue and 3.4 percent for server shipments from the second quarter 2005, said Gartner analyst Jeffrey Hewitt.

By contrast, Sun Microsystems -- which has a small slice of the market compared to Dell -- increased its revenue share by 18.8 percent and shipments by 31.4 percent.

Hewitt said Sun has seen particular success in its AMD Opteron-based x86 servers and has started pushing those products to customers that typically would purchase its higher-end SPARC-based products.

Dell, however, has lost out on growth because it has taken the direct marketer too long to bring Opteron products onboard, he said. Dell announced its intent to ship four-way and two-way AMD Opteron-based servers but has yet to ship anything.

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