The server business is a competitive business. Every vendor tries to show momentum. Why? Platforms with momentum tend to attract skilled people, more ISVs, and support. This means more options for customers and often more stability. This of course tends to lead to more market share.
Now, each vendor will tend to publish the numbers that benefit their story the most - not that the server business is in any way unique in this regard. Every vendor gets customers to migrate to their platforms every quarter. So, how do you keep track?
At HP, like many other IT companies, we tend to use the IDC numbers to keep score. Overall, HP has lead the server business in revenue for 3 consecutive quarters - the first time we've done this in the history of the IDC Server Tracker. If you are interested in seeing a few more market share facts, feel free to take a look at the recent article on HP's Real Story website.
So, what do you think about market share numbers? Do they impact your purchase decisions in any way? Do you buy from the big vendor or the little vendor?
And now that the Q3 numbers are out, I need to go back and update my internal score card.
Jacob Van Ewyk