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Survey: Channel Gives Nod To Custom Systems

Solution providers continue to list custom systems as their best-selling desktops and servers, fending off renewed strength in Hewlett-Packard's branded systems, according to figures from the most recent CRN Monthly Solution Provider Survey.

Out of more than 200 solution providers questioned in October, 34 percent said white-box desktops were their best sellers, outpacing Dell with 28 percent and HP with 23 percent.

While that remained steady with September results, it was a marked increase from 28 percent in October 2003. It also came as HP regained some share among solution providers, jumping to 23 percent from 20 percent among those who listed HP desktops as their best sellers.

Of those same solution providers, 36 percent listed white boxes as their best-selling PC servers, a marked jump from 30 percent in September. In October 2003, just 24 percent listed white boxes as their best-selling PC servers.

Much of that year-over-year channel market share pickup for white-box PC servers came at the expense of HP. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company saw its share of best-selling PC servers in the channel tumble to 25 percent from 35 percent year over year through last month, though HP did gain 1 percent from September to October.

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