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Sun Dominant in RISC/UNIX Server Market in ASEAN, India
Holds 54.6 Percent Share of Market in Third Quarter
December 16, 2002,
Volume 58, Issue 3

Sun Microsystems was the dominant vendor in the RISC/UNIXR server segment in the Asia South market, garnering more than half the total market in unit shipment and revenue terms in the third quarter. According to International Data Corp.'s Q3 2002 Enterprise Server Tracker Report, Sun's revenue market share was more than twice the share of its closest competitor this past quarter.

IDC reported that Sun's revenue market share in the region rose to 54.6 percent in Q3 calendar year 2002, a 17 percentage-point increase compared to Q3 2001. In comparison to the previous quarter, Sun recorded almost 10 percentage points increase in revenue market share.

The achievement follows five consecutive quarters of increases during which Sun's revenue market share increased from 37.2 percent in Q2 2001 to 54.6 percent in Q3 2002.

In unit-shipment terms, Sun's market share of 73.3 percent is nothing short of commanding. These results are indicative of Sun's continued leadership in the RISC/UNIX server market in ASEAN and India.

The ASEAN & India region (Asia South) comprises six countries -- Singapore, Malaysia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. Sun leads the RISC/UNIX server segment in five out of the six countries in the region in Q3 2002.

"Sun had an outstanding start to its new fiscal year," said Rajnish Arora, senior program manager, enterprise servers and workstations, IDC Asia/Pacific. "Although key wins in the telecom segment dominated its success, Sun experienced significant success in the finance, manufacturing and government segments across most markets in the region."

"From Sun's growing market shares in this region, it's obvious that customers are choosing UNIX systems, and more importantly, Sun's award-winning SolarisTM Operating Environment (Solaris OE) (SPARCR Platform Edition) platform. These results are especially encouraging in view of the current challenging economic climate," said Lionel Lim, vice president and managing director, Sun Microsystems, Asia South. "Large enterprises are choosing our Sun FireTM servers to power their mission-critical data centers. This sets the stage for the implementation of our N1 (Network 1) architecture which will virtualize the resources of a data center, including network, compute and storage elements, into a single system of resources for simpler management, better efficiency and flexibility. In other words reducing costs and improving business agility," he added. "

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