Unix hangs on to its top spot

Unix is continuing to dominate the Asia-Pacific server market, despite major growth in Windows NT server revenues, according to market research company IDC Australia. IDC's Rajnish Arora said the server market in Asia-Pacific (ex Japan) reached 380,100 units worth $US4.7 billion ($7.91 billion).

"Entry server was the most buoyant segment in the region. Entry server shipments expanded 45 per cent in 1999 over 1998 while revenues surged 54.5 per cent," Arora said.

Unix had 46.8 per cent revenue growth in the Asia-Pacific server market in calendar year 1999, while Windows NT server revenues surged 83 per cent in 1999 over 1998, which resulted in almost seven percentage points market share increase to 25.1 per cent.

Arora said: "Although Unix servers registered a healthy growth of 46 per cent, their share within the total entry server market declined by 1.2 percentage points due to lower than total market growth.

Defying market perceptions that Y2K lockdown would lead to a decline in OS/390 servers, the platform experienced a moderate growth of four per cent."

Windows NT was the fastest growing segment in the entry servers market with 62.5 per cent increase in unit shipments and 85 per cent increase in revenues.

IBM continued to be the dominant server supplier in the high-end segment with 54 per cent revenue share.

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