According to Taiwan's MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute), an ICT industry research institute based in Taipei, the Taiwanese server industry's shipment volume scored a 9.3% sequential growth, reaching 1.24 million units in the third quarter of 2012 and registering the greatest quarterly increase in 2012. The industry's shipment volume in the fourth quarter of 2012 is expected to have reached a similar level as that of the previous quarter, reaching around 1.28 million units, up 3.0% sequentially. It is anticipated that the growth momentum will continue well in 2013.
MIC observed that the shipment ratio of the server system industry in the first and second half of 2012 was 47:53, representing a narrowing difference compared to the conventional ratio of 45:55. The industry's shipment growth in the third quarter of 2012 was mainly attributed to the seasonal demand as well as to the emerging replacement demand and IT budget allocation of large enterprises. In addition, the availability of Intel's next-generation platform and Microsoft's new server OS (Operating System) Windows Server 2012 also helped stimulate server shipment in the second half of 2012.
Looking forward to 2013, despite the still-sluggish global economy and the slowdown of economic growth in emerging markets, such as China and India, the Taiwanese server industry is expected to maintain stable growth, thanks to the corporate replacement demand and IT budget allocation of large enterprises. Cloud computing services are anticipated to be one of major driving forces in bolstering stable server demand in the future.
Leading branded vendors, such as HP, Dell, and IBM, have begun promoting integrated solutions in the hope of boosting hardware sales through the provision of management services. In response to the stagnant hardware business and declined profit margin in recent years, together with an increasing number of competitors, HP and Dell have provided value-added services and management solutions with an attempt to leverage their existing hardware competitiveness. In order to provide more comprehensive services, they have acquired several small and medium-sized enterprises with expertise in data storage management, network communications, and information security management. In the future, the corporate demand of big data processing applications and real-time accurate data analysis is expected to be one of the key forces in triggering the growth in the server industry.
More information can be found in the following MIC report: The Taiwanese Server System and Server Motherboard Industries, 4Q 2012
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