Oracle slips in server market share to Inspur in Asia Pacific last year, says IDC

Chinese enterprise networking vendor Inspur has overtaken IT major Oracle to become the fourth largest server player in the Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) region in 2013, said IDC.

The top three server vendors in the Asia Pacific include IBM, HP and Dell. Their combined server market share declined to 70.7 percent in 2013 from 82.4 percent in 2010, said IDC.


“Taiwanese ODMs accounted for a little more than 2 percent share of the total server market in revenue terms in 2013, despite the significant hype around the emergence and growing impact of these suppliers on the traditional server vendors,” said Amit Dalal, research manager of IDC’s Asia/Pacific Enterprise Server Research.

IDC’s research shows that the ODMs  are  primarily  catering  to the unique demand and needs of the cloud service  providers  building hyperscale datacenters, rather than make a big dent  into  the traditional enterprise customers segment.

Oracle slips in server market share

Server revenues in APEJ grew 1.3 percent to $9,985 million in 2013.

The modest growth in 2013 was in sharp contrast to the heady 17 percent growth  recorded  in 2010  and  2011,  fuelled  by  massive infrastructure build out  by  Web  2.0 and cloud service providers in the PRC.

Despite the sharp deceleration in growth in 2013 compared to the previous years, server market in APEJ continued to outperform other regional markets on a worldwide basis.

Strong  adoption of  server  virtualization and cloud technologies in the enterprise segment, rapidly increasing appeal of public cloud providers for specific workloads, and growing interest in Integrated Systems were some of the  key technology disruptions that impacted the server spending growth in


The  Web 2.0 and public cloud services providers such as Tencent, Baidu and Alibaba  building hyper-scale datacenters, who were responsible for driving the  heady demand for servers in the PRC for the past several years, took a breather  in  2013  that  impacted  the  spending growth.

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