Workstation market sees massive growth

John Peddie Research has published a report on the current state of the workstation market. Interestingly, workstation sales went up 22.4% from 2004 to 2005, compared to only 7.7% from 2003 to 2004. The report attributes this growth increase to "looser IT budgets," which are said to have allowed increased spending on new 64-bit and dual-core systems. Dell remains on top of the workstation market, although its share went down from 46% to 39% over the course of 2005. Meanwhile, HP maintained the second largest share of the market with 27% of workstation sales. The research firm says HP's success is due in part to AMD's Opterons, which have seen considerable growth through 2005 and are still not offered in Dell's machines.

Despite AMD's success, Intel should see some renewed growth later this year. A senior analyst for John Peddie says Intel's upcoming Woodcrest processor and Glidewell platform should allow Intel to "dramatically close the performance gap with Opteron, especially in dual-socket applications." Woodcrest is expected to ship in the third quarter, likely in the same time frame as Conroe, its desktop counterpart.

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