IDC Research Finds Server Spending in U.S. Public School Districts Will Reach Record Levels

FRAMINGHAM, MA – OCTOBER 1, 2001 – U.S. public school districts are bucking the technology-spending trend. According to IDC, while many market segments scale back technology spending, U.S. public school districts will increase server spending to $153 million in the 2001/2002 school year, up 8.5% over the previous year. IDC believes this spending increase is driven by continued interest in local networking. Almost half of the nation’s 14,000 school districts plan to purchase at least one new server in the 2001/2002 time frame, with many upgrading entire networks.


According to IDC, all three networking areas – LANs, WANs, and enterprise applications – are driving server expansion in schools. "All over the United States, public schools are striving to meet the demands of technically advanced students, teachers, and school administrators," said Stephen Webber, research analyst for IDC’s K-College eLearning service.

IDC research finds LAN penetration at individual schools surpassed 90% in the 2000/2001 school year. "Although LAN penetration is high, networks are used most often by school administrators, principals, and superintendents, rather than students and teachers in the classroom," Webber added. "The opportunity to apply networking technology to the classroom is only just beginning to be explored."

WAN adoption is also strong – penetrating nearly 51% of all U.S. school districts, according to IDC research. The adoption of district WANs is directly related to the centralization of school and student information. District size is also a factor, with the largest districts in greatest need of the benefits that a WAN can offer.

Other Key Research Findings

· More than 6,000 U.S. school districts plan to purchase servers and other networking hardware in 2001/2002.

· Larger districts plan on buying significantly more servers than smaller ones.

· 25.5% of districts are interested in wireless LAN technologies.

· Apple and Dell continue to be the installed server leaders in K-12 education.

· Nearly half of the nation’s 14,000 districts made their 2000/2001 hardware purchases through manufacturer’s sales staff – especially those implementing advanced networking solutions.

IDC’s study Server Opportunities in K-12 Education: Market Profile and Outlook (IDC #25486) examines server-buying intentions within U.S. K-12 school districts. The study looks at server use in these environments, brand leaders, brand preference, and future opportunities.

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