Server shipments in Asia Pacific grew 15.7 per cent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2011, while revenue increased 2.4 per cent from the same quarter last year, according to Gartner, Inc.

“Asia Pacific was the fastest growing region for server shipments during the fourth quarter of 2011, with China as the main growth engine, supported by the continued momentum of data centre built out,” said Gartner principal analyst Ms Erica Gadjuli.

“Most major economies in Asia Pacific performed better than the rest of the world, which encouraged IT spending during 2011,” she added

China shipments

Server shipments to China were up 27 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2010 and revenue increased 17 per cent year on year.

For the same quarter, server shipped to Hong Kong increased 34 per cent year-on-year, but revenue fell at 6 per cent rate.

On the other hand, the server market in Taiwan ended weaker than in Q4 2010, in both shipments and revenue, as they declined 14 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively.

“In this region, blade server revenue continued to grow the fastest compared to other form factors,” Ms Gadjuli said.

HP continued to lead this market segment with 45 per cent of total blade revenue in Q4 2011 and 32 per cent share of shipments.

However, Dell, in third place in the blade market, firmed up its share of both shipments and revenue, accounting for 11 per cent and 9 per cent respectively, up from 8 per cent and 6 per cent in Q4 2010.

Cisco accelerated its penetration of the server market in Asia Pacific by pushing its USC blade product in 2011.

IBM continued its revenue leadership, accounting for 40 per cent market share despite experiencing a decline of 3 per cent year-on-year due to the lack of contribution from mainframe platform during Q4 2011.

Compared with the same quarter of 2010, HP saw revenue decline 14 per cent, mainly because of a slowdown in demand for its x86 servers, partly resulting from the HDD shortage issue, and Itanium-based servers.

On the other hand, server revenue from Dell grew reasonably strongly, up 28 per cent year-on-year, fuelled by significant take up in blade servers.

tkt@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on March 1, 2012)
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