Australian Server Market Set to Grow in Second Half of 2002, Says IDC

NORTH SYDNEY – JULY 8, 2002 – After a slow start to the first half of the year, IDC expects the server market in Australia to pick up slightly during the final six months of 2002. Revenue in the 1st half of 2002 declined by 3% year on year, but improving economic conditions and renewed activity in key vertical segments is set to boost sales in the 2nd half of 2002.

 

The server market has been through a very turbulent 18 months but all indications point to an upswing in activity over the coming quarters with IDC expectations for growth set at 2% year on year, said Tom Minarik, IDC Senior Analyst for Servers and Workstations.

While the expansion of the server market in the 2nd half of 2002 will not break any land-speed records, some focus on infrastructure outlays in telecom and government segments, as well as an increasing interest in High Performance Computing capabilities by corporations will be enough to see the market move out of reverse and into first gear, added Minarik.

With over-provisioning a common theme in purchasing patterns prior to 2001, the dot com crash brought about a rethink by end-users on how best to utilise server infrastructure and maintain a low Total Cost of Ownership. End-users have focused efforts on consolidation and lowering IS costs rather than expanding capacity and this has increased the level of competition in the server market. We are not out in the clear just yet, but given an improving economic forecast and higher demand expectations, early 2003 should see a return to healthy growth for the Australian server market, Minarik said in conclusion.

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