"Server spending in Hong Kong declined the most among the 14 markets in Q4 2008 year-on-year. This resulted in Hong Kong becoming the 7th largest server market in the region in Q4 2008 versus the 5th position it held in Q4 2007."
Rajnish said that, from a platform perspective, the non-x86 (RISC and EPIC) Unix was one of the few positive spots with spending declining a sliver 1.4% in 2008 due to 7% increases each in the PRC and India.
He said x86 Blade server shipments crossed a key milestone in 2008 with more than 100,000 units sold across Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan).
“Overall, x86 server shipments grew at a fairly subdued 7.9% in 2008, which is a sharp contrast to the strong double-digit increases in excess of 15% for the past five consecutive years since 2003. In revenue terms, x86 server spending declined 4.3% for the full year 2008 after growing for the past 6 consecutive years.”
IDC says IBM remains ‘well perched’ in the number one position capturing 37% revenue share of the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) server market in 2008, while HP remains the dominant vendor in unit shipment terms in 2008, capturing 30.7% share underpinned by its strength in the x86 server segment.