The new phase of the market, which places more emphasis on solutions sales and vendor infrastructure and less on capability-oriented technology is now well established.
Demand for technical systems and servers is rising, and worldwide shipments will increase from about 60,000 in 1999 to more than 113,000 in 2004. Revenue will increase from $5.6 billion to $8.6 billion during the same time.
“The transition to a market dominated by large mainstream vendors and scalable RISC-based systems is complete,” said Christopher Willard of IDC’s high-performance systems program.
According to IDC, high-performance technical systems revenue is spread evenly across most price bands, and growth will be relatively stable over the forecast period. All price bands, except the $10 million or more band, will grow. The $25,000 to $49,999 band is forecast to grow the fastest, from about $605 million in 1999 to over $1 billion in 2004.
Shipments in the departmental segment will grow the most, increasing from about 55,000 in 1999 to more than 105,000 in 2004. The enterprise segment will experience the greatest revenue growth at nearly 11%, from about $527 million in 1999 to nearly $874 million in 2004.