Server shipments in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region during 2002 reached US$4.6 billion, 3.4 percent higher than in 2001, according to research released Thursday by Gartner Inc. unit Dataquest.
The research organization said that 2002 was a tough year for vendors as users focussed on cost containment and ensuring they got maximum value for their IT investments.
China remained the largest country market for servers, although sales fell 3.1 percent in 2002 compared to 2001, according to Dataquest figures. Server sales in China in 2002 reached US$1.45 billion, 31.5 percent of the total Asia-Pacific market.
South Korea closed the gap in second place, its server sales rising 12.7 percent in 2002 to top the $1 billion mark and take a 23 percent market share.
Server sales in Australia, the region's third-largest market, grew 6.3 percent during the year, but sales in Taiwan, the fourth-largest server market, fell by 13.1 percent over the same period. India was the only other major market to show strong growth, with sales rising 11.3 percent over 2001, according to Dataquest.
IBM Corp. remains the region's largest server vendor, with sales growing 7.2 percent during the year. Sales were especially strong for IBM in South Korea, Dataquest said. IBM had a 37.5 percent share of server sales in 2002.
The second-largest vendor, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) increased sales by a modest 3.2 percent but its sales remain much higher than those of its two nearest rivals Sun Microsystems Inc and Dell Computer Corp. Sun had a particularly good year with 16.7 percent sales growth, with strong performances in South Korea and India, Dataquest said.
Although Dell has grown strongly in the server market, its share of the Asia-Pacific server market remains below 4 percent.