Mainframes have nothing to fear from the cloud: IDC

Mainframes have nothing to fear from the cloud: IDC

x86 keeps up the momentum as businesses are unwilling to completely ditch servers

IDC has found that Australian and New Zealand organisations will continue to buy servers for the next five years despite high interest in cloud computing models.

According to its recently released Australia and New Zealand Server Market Analysis and Forecast, 2011–2015 report, the Australian server market will remain strong and viable until 2015.

“Australia is still some years away from a truly cloud-enabled economy so the vast majority of organisations will continue to purchase servers to run their workloads,” IDC Australia senior analyst, Trevor Clarke, said.

“Some workloads will move into the public cloud in the next couple of years, such as email, but the first step for many will be to deploy a private cloud.”

While flat growth in customer revenues across as a result of falling prices have been predicted, more x86 units are expected to be shipped in 2015 than this year, but the total value of the market won't increase by a large margin, with only an annual growth rate of 5 per cent to be expected by 2015.

Despite experiencing a somewhat slow mainstream adoption in Australian data centres over the last decade, Linux is also anticipated to steadily keep chipping away at the share occupied by Windows in the next few years, with one in every five x86 servers shipped in 2011 running the OS.

“Linux is viewed as a serious alternative to UNIX and Windows variants and is a highly reliable mission critical–capable OS,” said Clarke.

“The rise of Linux has come from various deployments and workloads in the server ecosystem scaling from small Web and print servers to high performance computing [HPC] installations.”

For more information about IDC's server market analysis and forecast for Australia and New Zealand, go to,

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