A new IDC study has found that technologies such as Linux and Itanium will gain in popularity in the business critical solutions arena.
The findings come as part of a report by IDC into the Western European server market that according to the market analyst comprises 5.5 million units worth $17 billion. HP and IBM products represent 59% of the installed base.
IDC believes that the vast majority of servers purchased in the Western European region are replacing existing systems. It predicts that the total server replacement rate will rise slowly until 2008 but will then dramatically rise.
Comments Nathaniel Martinez, program manager for IDC's European Enterprise Server group: "The constant adoption of new technology, and downward price pressure, is making the server market more commodity-like. [Server] vendors should focus on new markets, such as Linux or Itanium, to compete successfully. Each year's spending on servers in our region is a significant proportion of the asset value of all servers installed (71%)."
IDC adds that the strong rise in server replacement rates in 2009 will also give way to an interesting new development, as the European Union implements the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) legislation. This legislation makes vendors responsible for the disposal of products at the end of their life cycle.