Big Blue leads (again) in Asia-Pacific server market

Technology solutions provider IBM has been ranked number one in the Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) server market by revenue for the 12th consecutive year, according to IT research firm International Data Corporation (IDC).

The IDC study, Asia Pacific Enterprise Server Tracker, Final 4Q 2007, showed that IBM also led the ASEAN region for the seventh consecutive year.

According to the study, IBM was the number one vendor in the server market for the fourth quarter of 2007, recording a year-to-year growth of 33.1 percent and capturing a 40.1 percent share of the market, 10.1 points more than the next vendor in second position. IBM also came out tops in the Non x86 server segment in the fourth quarter 2007, with 52.6 percent revenue share, underpinned by a 44.5 percent increase in revenues, the biggest jump recorded amongst the top five server vendors.

IBM Malaysia's general manager, systems technology group, Robert Lye said, "IBM Malaysia also took the number one spot in the overall server market in the country by revenue share for 2007. IBM was the number one ranked vendor in the overall server market with 40.9 percent factory revenue market share in CY 2007."

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Another finding of IDC's Q4 2007 Server tracker release are that IBM Malaysia is the leading non-x86 UNIX server vendor in Malaysia with a 41.1 percent year-on-year growth in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2007. For the full year 2007, IBM is also the top ranked vendor with 41.7 percent revenue market share.

The company also maintained its number one position in the Linux server market in revenues in 2007 since 2006, having achieved year-on-year revenue growth of 163.5 percent in Q4 2007 and 95 percent for the full year 2007. IBM recorded 44.6 percent revenue market share in the Linux server market in Malaysia in 2007.

Lye concluded, "As local companies embark on innovation journey, they gravitate towards simplicity. Therefore, our clients are taking up solutions such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), server consolidation and virtualization. They also want information on demand that is open, secure, flexible and compliant information infrastructures.

"There is also an increase in the awareness level of energy efficiency. The cost, availability, and impact of power-hungry IT is very real. It is an issue that all companies are now thinking about."

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