IDC Expects Strong Demand for Technical Systems and Servers

FRAMINGHAM, MA — OCTOBER 30, 2000 — Demand for technical systems and servers is rising. According to IDC, worldwide shipments will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5%, from about 60,000 in 1999 to more than 113,000 in 2004. Revenue will increase at a 9% CAGR, from $5.6 billion to $8.6 billion during the same time.


"The transition of the market to one dominated by large mainstream vendors and scalable RISC-based systems is complete," said Christopher Willard, research vice president for IDC's Workstations and High-Performance Systems program. "The new phase of the market, which places less emphasis on capability-oriented technology and more emphasis on solutions sales and vendor infrastructure, is now under way and well established."

According to IDC, high-performance technical systems revenue is spread evenly across most price bands, and growth will be relatively stable over the forecast period. All price bands, except the $10 million or more band, will grow. The $25,000-$49,999 band is forecast to grow the fastest, at a CAGR of almost 12%, from about $605 million in 1999 to more than $1 billion in 2004.

IDC says shipments in the departmental segment will grow the most, increasing at a CAGR of 14%, from about 55,000 in 1999 to more than 105,000 in 2004. The enterprise segment will experience the greatest revenue growth at nearly 11%, from about $527 million in 1999 to nearly $874 million in 2004.

Information like the above can be found in IDC's report Worldwide High-Performance Technical Computer Systems Forecast and Analysis, 1999-2004 (IDC #B22895). This report presents IDC's 1999-2004 forecast for technical high-performance systems. It is divided into the following market segments:

technical capability, technical enterprise, technical divisional, and technical departmental. Forecasts are provided by price band. Major trends and vendor strategies are discussed.

To purchase this report, contact Patrick Steeves at 1-800-343-4952, extension 6787, or at

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