Australia's server market experienced flat growth in the final quarter of 2000, despite a boom in other parts of the Asia-Pacific region.
Figures released by Gartner's Dataquest show Australia missed out on a 30 per cent increase in server unit shipments in the region during the last quarter of 2000 compared with the corresponding quarter in 1999.
Gartner's regional server program manager, Matthew Boon said Australia's flat growth in this period can be attributed to the Olympic Games and exchange rate issues.
"Couple these factors with earlier post-Y2K jitters and the introduction of the GST and Australian server and IT hardware vendors in general have had a year that they will certainly be glad to forget; they are looking forward to a semblance of business normality," Boon said.
"However, there was significant growth throughout the region and this trend will continue as emerging markets such as India begin to take a foothold."
Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and IBM retained the top three positions from an overall unit server perspective but the gap is narrowing with Dell increasing unit shipments by seven per cent in the fourth quarter of 2000 compared to 1999.
"From a unit perspective the main growth emanated from the Chinese and Korean markets followed by the major regional centres such as Singapore and Hong Kong," Boon said.
"There has been particular growth in the Intel Architecture (IA) server market in developing geographies such as China; with small- to medium-sized enterprises accounting for almost 95 per cent of all Asia-Pacific region operations, and potential for the IA end of town remains huge."