The third quarter of 2012 (3Q12) has not been a kind one to most server vendors.
According to IDC, the worldwide server market had 3Q12 revenue of $12.2 billion for a 4.0 percent year-over-year decrease. In contrast, Gartner reported that the global server market declined by 2.8 percent.
Not all sectors of the global server market are in decline. In particular, IDC noted that Linux is growing. Linux server hardware revenues for 3Q12 were reported at $2.6 billion for a 6.6 percent year-over-year gain.
In contrast, both Windows and Unix server hardware revenues are going the other way. Microsoft hardware declined by 0.9 percent to $6.2 billion and Unix servers declined by 14.2 percent to $2.1 billion.