Intel eyes 20% growth in servers

By agencies   |   Tuesday, 11 April 2006, 07:00 Hrs
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COIMBATORE: Intel India is envisaging a 20 percent growth in the server market across segments this year. This is marginally higher than the 14-16 percent growth registered in the last couple of years.

According to the Intel India’s District Manager, South Asia, Vinesh Paperwala, “India is witnessing strong growth in the `high performance computing' space. Advances in 64-bit, dual-core and virtualization technologies will fuel growth in the enterprise computing and server market.”

Analysts expect the server market in India to cross the 1-lakh-unit shipments mark this year. Stating that the Intel Itanium processor-based server was poised for an explosive growth, Paperwala conceded that the volumes were high for the entry-level servers across segments, but much depended on industry-segment growth, particularly in the refresh, upgrades and overall operational environment.

"Apart from new implementations such as those in power, finance, oil and gas, SMBs, and tax process systems where people are looking at growth and automation, we are seeing higher growth in application areas and new usage in the retail space. Upgrades, however, is any CIO's challenge,” he said.

The `EM 64 T' next generation processor, which is expected to be rolled out soon, would be more reliable, expandable and capable of addressing new usage models, he added.

According to him, 85 percent of the shipment in 2006 was of dual-core and multi-core platform. "While Intel Itanium processor-based server targets the high-end database environment, Intel Xeon gives price performance. Customers are today price, performance and power (energy consumption) conscious," Paperwala said.

An IDC survey has revealed that the market for Itanium-based servers would grow to $6.6 billion by 2009. And over the next five years, the compound annual growth rate for Itanium-based servers is expected to be 35 percent against 3.4 percent for the overall server market.

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