Server market rebounds:IDC

According to the latest figures released by research analyst IDC, server sales in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan) have bounced back after a two-year stall.

Led by an overall recovery of the region, the research indicates server revenue grew 26 per cent in Q1 1999 since the same time last year. This represents the first time since Q2 1997 that the server market has generated positive annual revenue growth.

"After a short-lived detour, server demand in Asia is back on the fast track," said Avneesh Saxena, server research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific. "Asia's economic recovery and strong demand in the region's four largest server markets -- Korea, China, Australia and Taiwan -- are forecast to support server growth for the remainder of 1999 and into the next century."

The region's top four vendors, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq and Sun Microsystems, accounted for most of the growth with 77 per cent of total recorded revenue, according to IDC figures.

On the operating systems front both Windows NT and Unix enjoyed growth while in market size Australia registered as the third largest in the region.