Wednesday, 30 November 2011 16:40

APAC server market continues strong growth, led by HP, IBM

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Double digit growth continues to push the server market in the Asia Pacific region, making it the fastest growth region in the world, with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan taking the lion's share of the sales.


In its latest market report, Gartner says that for the third quarter this year, the region has recorded year-on-year shipment growth of 23.9 percent, with revenue up 18.5 percent compared to the same quarter last year.

'Asia Pacific remained as the strongest region for server shipment growth during the third quarter of 2011,' Gartner principle analyst, Erica Gadjuli said. 'Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in combined) ruled 69.7 percent of the region's total market, up 2 points from the same quarter last year.'

In Australia, Gartner reports 20 percent growth year-on-year, with 14 percent in South Korea and 18 percent in Singapore.

And Gartner also reports that vendor revenue rose moderately from the same quarter last year, with six percent growth in Australia and Singapore, and two percent in South Korea.

HP remains the leader in shipments with 25 percent of the total market and IBM led by revenue with 42 percent share, while Lenovo more than doubled its revenue from the same quarter of 2010, driven mainly by its aggressive move in China across all major verticals.

And, similarly, Dell was second in-line in witnessing a robust year on year growth in the third quarter, owing its success mostly to Internet companies buying its DCS offerings, Gartner reports.

According to Gadjuli, Asia Pacific as a region recorded the fastest year-on-year growth in the x86 server platform during the quarter, up 29 percent in revenue and 25 percent in shipments. 'Besides the virtualization implementation on x86 servers that forged ahead in this region, demand from internet companies continued to be part of the main driver for server growth, especially in China. Revenue from RISC/Itanium Unix servers increased 11 percent from the same quarter of 2010, fostered by core infrastructure build out predominantly in the financial and telecommunication sectors,' Gadjuli said.

Gadjuil says that despite a modest increase of eight percent in unit shipments, blades saw more rapid growth in revenue (14.5 percent) compared to the same quarter of 2010, and for the period, rack optimised servers climbed the fastest with 32 percent in shipment and 22 percent in revenue.

Table 1: Asia Pacific: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q11 (Thousands of U.S. Dollars)

3Q11    3Q10    3Q11Market Share (%)    3Q10 Market Share (%)    Year-Over-Year Growth (%)
IBM    1,085,854    928,422    41.8%    42.3%    17.0%
HP    661,749    642,520    25.5%    29.3%    3.0%
Dell    360,290    252,479    13.9%    11.5%    42.7%
Oracle    133,632    130,170    5.1%    5.9%    2.7%
Lenovo    82,038    31,271    3.2%    1.4%    162.4%
Others                275,099                 208,905     10.6%    9.5%    31.7%
TOTAL    2,598,662    2,193,766    100.0%    100.0%    18.5%

Table 2: Asia Pacific: Server Vendor Shipments Estimates, 3Q11 (Units)

3Q11    3Q10    3Q11Market Share (%)    3Q10 Market Share (%)    Year-Over-Year Growth (%)
HP    136,589    124,211    25.2%    28.4%    10.0%
Dell    120,145    93,296    22.2%    21.3%    28.8%
IBM    114,842    92,613    21.2%    21.2%    24.0%
Lenovo    41,730    22,380    7.7%    5.1%    86.5%
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd    23,916    21,120    4.4%    4.8%    13.2%
Others                104,889                  83,876     19.4%    19.2%    25.1%
TOTAL    542,111    437,496    100.0%    100.0%    23.9%

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