Sun toasts 34% rise in the region

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By  Published  November 25, 2006

Sun Microsystems’ sales in the region shot up by 34% in the last financial year, the vendor announced last week at Gitex. The IT heavyweight said its revenues were boosted by increased demand in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt and claimed it had taken market share from rivals IBM and HP in the process.

Sun said the rise in revenue had been driven by impressive software and mid-tier AMD-based server sales — up more than 40% year-on-year — while support services for regional customers grew 20%.

“Our major areas of growth across the Middle East in 2006 were market share increases in key countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, where customers are investing in total solutions that encompass Sun servers and storage managed by Sun software and backed up by our support services,” said Chris Cornelius, managing director of Sun in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“An increasing number of regional companies are deploying our Java-based software solutions based on the open source Solaris operating system, with an especially strong interest in areas like identity management.

“We’re also seeing robust demand for our range of AMD-based servers, which require less energy and space in the region’s costly real estate environment, and generate less heat for lower utility bills,” he noted.

Cornelius added that growth of 38% indicated that there was still room for expansion in the regional market.

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