Server shipments in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region during 2002 reached $US4.6 billion, 3.4 per cent higher than in 2001, according to research released by Dataquest, an arm of Gartner.
The research organisation said that 2002 was a tough year for vendors as users focused on cost containment and ensuring they got maximum value for their IT investments.
China remained the largest country market for servers, although sales fell 3.1 per cent in 2002 compared to 2001, Dataquest said. Server sales in China in 2002 reached $US1.45 billion, 31.5 per cent of the total Asia-Pacific market.
South Korea closed the gap in second place: its server sales rose 12.7 per cent in 2002 to top the $US1 billion mark and take a 23 per cent market share.
Server sales in Australia, the region's third-largest market, grew 6.3 per cent during the year, but sales in fourth-placed Taiwan fell by 13.1 per cent over the same period. India was the only other major market to show strong growth: sales rose 11.3 per cent on 2001 figures, Dataquest reported.
IBM remains the region's largest server vendor: sales grew 7.2 per cent during the year. Sales were especially strong for IBM in South Korea. The company had a 37.5 per cent share of server sales in 2002.
The second-largest vendor, Hewlett-Packard (HP), increased sales by 3.2 per cent but its sales remain much higher than those of its two nearest rivals Sun Microsystems and Dell Computer.
Sun had a particularly good year with 16.7 per cent sales growth including strong performances in South Korea and India, Dataquest said.
Although Dell has grown strongly in the server market, its share of the Asia-Pacific server market remains below 4 per cent.