Asia Pacific Server Shipments Grew 15.7 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2011-Gartner

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

During the fourth quarter, the x86 server market in Asia Pacific continued similar positive sales trends as observed in the previous quarter, despite some issues with hard-disk drive (HDD) inventory shortage because of the Thailand floods in October 2011. Revenue from x86 servers grew 18 percent year-on-year, and shipments were up 17 percent. The x86-based server sales represented 98 percent of total shipments in Q4 of 2011 whilst revenue share increased to account for 67 percent in this quarter, compared to 58 percent in Q4 2010 and 62 percent in the previous quarter. The strength of this segment was driven by enterprise buying preferences favouring richer configurations of rack optimised and blade servers.

Meanwhile the mainframe platform and RISC/ IA64 Unix servers saw revenues decline by 56 percent and 5 percent respectively, after positive performances in the previous three quarters of 2011. Furthermore, there was a global weakness in RISC/Itanium Unix servers’ shipments.

3-Mar-2012 04:47:17