Demand for x86 servers was weak in the quarter, with revenue down by 1.3 percent year-over-year to $8.7 billion as shipments were relatively flat at 1.9 million servers, according to IDC.
Linux servers benefited from cloud infrastructure deployments and now account for about 23 percent of all server revenue, up by 1.8 percentage points from the same quarter a year ago. Windows server sales were, however, down 5.1 percent, with quarterly server hardware revenue at $5.8 billion, representing 49.3 percent of overall quarterly server revenue, IDC said. Unix server revenue declined 21 percent to its lowest quarterly revenue of $1.8 billion, accounting for about 15 percent of server revenue for the quarter.
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