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Sun First in RISC/UNIX Server Market Worldwide
Fifty-five Percent Marketshare in Shipments
November 20, 2001,
Volume 45, Issue 3

Sun leads in the Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) and UNIXR server market worldwide. Sun has 55 percent marketshare in shipments, totaling more than that of its nearest three competitors combined, according to 3Q01 Dataquest numbers.

In the US market, Sun gained four percentage points in marketshare in shipments and revenue sequentially from Q2CY01. In its third quarter of volume shipping, the Sun FireTM Server line shipped 39 percent more servers from the previous quarter and contributed a 22 percent revenue gain.

Key to the market success of the Sun Fire servers are features including Dynamic Reconfiguration, full hardware redundancy, hot CPU upgrades and the ability to utilize the same boards all the way from the Sun Fire 3800 Server to the Sun Fire 15K Server.

Over 17,000 NetraTM servers were shipped this quarter in the US. The Netra product family gives Sun customers who value ruggedized, reliable, rack-optimized servers a simple solution on a common system architecture, offering an easy upgrade path and the ability to scale to continually meet changing business requirements.

"On the high-end and midrange, Sun provides an alternative to IBM with features typically only found in mainframes but at a fraction of the cost," said John Shoemaker, executive vice president and general manager, Computer Systems, Sun. "And on the low-end, our marketshare results exemplify that customers are demanding an alternative to the closed, proprietary and unreliable world of Wintel. Across the board, our server line is the ultimate platform for driving down our customers' total cost of ownership."

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