Sales of servers in Asia grew 6.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared to the previous quarter, rising to 152,065 units, with most major markets in the region experiencing a rebound in sluggish sales, according to figures from market analyst Gartner.
The rebound was achieved without the usual strong IT growth in China. After a strong third quarter, when China was preparing for World Trade Organisation (WTO) entry, server sales in China grew just 3.4 per cent in the fourth quarter, to 63,602 units.
Australia remained the second-largest server market in the Asia-Pacific, posting 21.2 per cent growth in the fourth quarter to record sales of 16,941 units. Sales growth was also strong in India and South Korea, but Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore failed to show a significant rebound.
For the full year of 2001, server sales in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) grew 6.6 per cent to 576,048 units, buoyed by strong 19.4 per cent growth in China. Outside China, server sales in 2001 were 1 per cent lower than in 2000, with particularly sharp drops being experienced in Taiwan and Singapore. Some of the smaller markets, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand and Vietnam, showed strong sales growth through the year.
Some larger server systems such as Sun's F15K and IBM's Regatta P690 began to appear in the region late in the year, creating an imbalance between unit sales growth and revenue growth. In Singapore, for example, fourth-quarter unit sales were 34 per cent lower than in fourth-quarter 2000, while server revenue grew 3 per cent over the same period.
IBM remains easily the largest server vendor in the region, with a 38.1 per cent market share. Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Sun were the only other vendors with a market share above 10 per cent. For sales of Intel-based servers, Compaq just edged out IBM for the top spot with a market share of 19.8 per cent.