Dell sees server business boom in Saudi
Shipments up 94% year-on-year in Q4 2010 according to IDC
Dell has reported strong growth in its server business in Saudi Arabia, according to figures from IDC.
Server revenue for Q4 2010 was up 41% year-on-year, while shipments were up 94%, putting Dell at number two in the x86 server business in the Kingdom.
Dell now accounts for over one-third of all x86 servers sold in Saudi Arabia. In the wider Middle East, Dell saw year-on-year growth of 34%, while in the emerging markets of the EMEA region it grew 24% by shipments.
Dave Brooke, general manager, Dell Middle East, Commercial commented: "In a market rapidly rebounding from the global economic crisis, we see Dell working with customers to offer open, capable and affordable solutions that enable them to move beyond systems maintenance and spend more of their technology budget on innovating and growing their business. Throughout the last few years, Dell has continued this strategy, building strong customer relationships across the globe and we are now seeing the fruits of our work in results like these. We will maintain this growth momentum to ensure we are in the best position to serve the region's increasing need for technology solutions and services."
Analyst company Gartner reported that strong growth in the x86 sector was instrumental in returning the server market to growth in 2010. While many companies had postponed refreshing their server hardware in 2009, due to economic circumstances, last year saw a growth in x86 sales as companies moved to replace hardware.