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Sun Tops Hong Kong's UNIX Server Market
IDC Report Shows Sun in Top Spot for the Third Year in a Row
June 16, 2003,
Volume 64, Issue 3

For the third straight year, Sun is the leader in unit shipments of non-x86 UNIXR servers in Hong Kong. Last quarter, the company led the market with more than 48 percent of the market. Internationally, Sun has significantly grown its worldwide UNIX server market share, taking the number one spot in terms of unit shipments. The company tied for first place in factory revenue according to IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report.

The new IDC report shows Sun gaining sequential revenue market share, in terms of unit shipments, on its top three UNIX server competitors. The gains were due in part to the company's new product introductions, from the volume Sun FireTM V120 server system to the Sun FireTM V1280 server, which are part of a comprehensive systems portfolio. The report compared the fourth quarter of 2002 to the first quarter 2003.

Sun gained revenue market share in all three UNIX server segments that IDC tracks. This is according to IDC's new server taxonomy: volume (US$0-25K), midrange enterprise (US$25-500K) and high-end enterprise (over US$500K). As a result, Sun's worldwide UNIX server unit market share is currently higher than its top three competitors combined. Sun also gained UNIX revenue and unit shipment market share in both the U.S. and APAC (Asia/Pacific except Japan).

"Despite challenging economic conditions worldwide, and the impact of the SARS outbreak on the Hong Kong economy, customers continue to choose Sun over solutions from competitors in the local market," said Danny Tam, Hong Kong general manager of Sun. "From my observation in the IDC reports, our competitors are experiencing ups and downs whereas we are consistently gaining market share, showing growth quarter by quarter."

Sun hopes that the new study demonstrates that the company is delivering open products with tangible value to customers.

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