Sun and IBM battle for server market share in APAC

Gartner and IDC disclose different growth figures

Analyst firms Gartner and IDC both released reports on the Asia Pacific server market this week but with different results.

According to IDC, Sun Microsystems has taken the number one position in the overall server market for Australia with a 30.9 percent market share in terms of revenue.

But regionally, Gartner has ranked IBM as the number one vendor for server shipments in the Asia Pacific.

Gartner said shipments increased 10.1 percent in the second quarter of 2007.

Moreover, revenue was up by 21.2 percent compared to the same period last year. IBM revenue rose 22.1 percent.

Gartner research shows server revenues totalled $US1.91 billion for the quarter as server shipments reached 337,976 units.

Most markets, including India, Korea and Greater China posted double-digit growth this quarter.

Gartner's principle research analyst for server markets, Uko Tian, said in the Unix arena, Sun Microsystems and IBM are leading in revenue growth with market competition as intense as ever.

"Blade servers were notably one of the main growth drivers for x86 server platforms during the quarter. Hewlett Packard maintained its leadership in the blade server market in the second quarter, in both shipment and revenue terms," she said. RISC-Itanium Unix servers continued positive growth at 7.0 percent in revenue in the second quarter 2007.

Total x86 server shipments grew 11.2 percent and revenue climbed 26.0 percent year on year.

Z mainframes alone grew by an outstanding 121 percent, with the fastest growth in Greater China and India. Hewlett-Packard maintained its number one position in server volumes by growing 35.3 percent compared to the same period in 2006 increasing market share by six points and revenue by 23.1 percent.

"We saw another quarter of very strong revenue growth from Dell and this for the third quarter running. In fourth place for revenue share, Dell posted the highest growth rate among the top five server vendors in Asia/ Pacific marketplace," Tian said. But look at IDC research and the results are a bit different. According to IDC's Asia/Pacific Quarterly Enterprise Server Tracker, Q2 2007, Sun held 40.7 percent of units shipped.

IDC said the number one vendor in the midrange enterprise servers segment in terms of units shipped is Sun with 62.9 percent.

"Sun was the fastest growing vendor among the top three vendors in this segment in terms of revenue on a year-on-year basis in Q2 2007," IDC said.

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Sandra Rossi

Computerworld

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