IT analyst group Gartner is predicting Asia-Pacific server shipments will reach 666,500 units in 2003, an increase of 9.9 per cent on last year. Server revenue is tipped to reach $5.6 billion, a rise of 3.5 per cent on 2002.
“The Asia-Pacific region represents a small component of worldwide server revenue, but in the global market growth is hard to come by so IT vendors and service providers are becoming increasingly focused on this region,” said Matthew Boon, principal analyst for the Gartner Dataquest Asia-Pacific computing platforms group.
“Growth is being driven by strong demand from the Asia-Pacific finance sectors, especially banking, coupled with continued investment from many of the region’s governments as they seek to capitalise on the benefits of IT.”
Gartner said momentum around consolidation would help fuel revenue growth despite declining average prices and highlighted China and India as major growth areas.