In Australia, the decline in server shipments has been even greater than the global average, IDC figures show.
IDC Australia, in a recent research note, says “In the first quarter of 2009, the Australian enterprise server market underwent the largest contraction on record, according to IDC Australia’s quarterly enterprise server tracker”.
Unit sales declined by 38.9% compared with the first quarter of 2008, and revenue was down 38.8%.
The x86 server market suffered a 38% sales drop and a 46.4% revenue drop, ending five years of annual growth and falling back to the lowest volumes since 2004.
Non-x86 sales, which include RISC, Itanium and CISC mainframe servers, recorded a 26.6% revenue drop.
HP remains the leader in x86 servers, and IBM the leader in non-x86 servers.