Solid x86 Server Growth In China,
Highlighted By Energy Efficiency, SME, Telecom, And Quad-Core
August 7, 2008
In 2Q08, shipments of China's x86 Servers
climbed to 162 thousand, up 15.7% YOY, while revenues reached almost 3
billion Yuan, up 11.6% YOY.
Source: CCID Consulting, july 2008
The following were China's x86 server
characteristics during the quarter:
China's next generation data centers: A
focus on simplification, energy savings, and blade servers.
China's commercial enterprises have
focused on the greening of their data centers with reduced energy
consumption and infrastructure simplification. The benefits are reduced IT
investment and operational costs. Vendors are responding with strategies to
capture these types of demand. Key to realizing these features and benefits
are blade servers, as this category has grown dramatically, with its x86
server market share increasing from 7.6% in 2Q07 to 15.2% in 2Q08.
SME sector demand heats up.
Compared with China's large enterprise and
government sectors, small and medium enterprise (SME) sector demand has the
fastest growth, up 18.9% YOY. Vendors have responded better with server
products with better pricing, performance, management and security
Telecom industry growth is even more
dramatic, drive by 3G network and Internet.
China's telecom industry has been
aggressively building out their infrastructure to meet trial 3G deployments
and lucrative Internet services demand and growth. 2Q08 shipments of x86
servers in telecom have jumped 23.9% YOY, while revenues grew 16.5% YOY.
SMP Quad-core server demand
accelerates and is becoming mainstream.
In 2Q08, the 14,000–18,000 Yuan and
18,000–22,000 Yuan price segments had the highest demand, and symmetric
multiprocessing (SMP) servers were the mainstream. While quad-core servers
had been targeted for high-density, high performance computing needs and
virtualization applications, they now have the benefit of increased power
with relatively little price difference compared to dual-core products. As a
result, SMP quad-core servers are becoming the mainstream in China.
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