“Apple Computer Inc. more than doubled its quarterly sales of its Xserve G5 servers over the last year, according to a report by Gartner Inc. In a recent report on worldwide server sales, the Gartner data tracked a 119 percent increase in Xserve G5 sales between the second quarter of 2003 and the second quarter of 2004,” Daniel Drew Turner reports for eWeek.
“However, the Stamford, Conn.-based information technology research company’s numbers showed Apple far behind other computer companies in total number of server sales,” Turner reports. “Where top company Hewlett-Packard Co., which in the last few years acquired Digital Equipment Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp., delivered almost 466,000 server units in the third calendar quarter of 2004, Apple sold approximately 11,150 units of its Xserve G5. (According to Apple, just over 13,000 Xserve servers shipped that quarter; the Cupertino, Calif., company does not usually release Xserve sales numbers.)”
“According to Mike McLaughlin, a principal analyst at Gartner, who contributed to Gartner’s ‘Preliminary Shipment Estimate: Worldwide Server Market, 3Q04’ report, Apple’s Xserve ‘has a good niche’ primarily in the graphic design and digital video sectors,” Turner reports. “‘We don’t expect anything significant to come out of Apple’s server move,’ he said, noting that Gartner doesn’t foresee the Xserve reaching sales in the hundreds of thousands. ‘We see the Xserve as selling to traditional Apple customers,’ McLaughlin said, though he added that the company does have opportunities in the SMB (small to midsize business) market.”
“Alex Grossman, Apple’s director of server hardware, said ‘this has been a fantastic year’ for Xserve sales, adding that he has seen ‘growth in all traditional areas’ such as creative and SMB sales. He noted that Gartner’s estimates were low, though he also pointed to how supplies of the Xserve G5 were constrained well into Apple’s third quarter of 2004. Apple’s third financial quarter coincides with the second calendar quarter of the year; Gartner’s report marks quarters by the calendar year,” Turner reports.
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