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Dell, HP lead as APAC thin client market bucks global trend and grows

29 Mar 2016

Asia Pacific is bucking the global trend for fewer thin and terminal client shipments – with the region recording a 10% increase for 2015.

Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, was the only region to see positive growth for the year. Globally, shipments for the year were down 6.9%.

Jay Chou, IDC research manager for worldwide enterprise client device trackers, says globally, the market was hampered by a number of distinct factors in 2015.

“While there was a certain amount of slowdown expected as many organisations had just refreshed their systems a year or two ago, the extent of economic and currency-related issues had a definite impact in the budget and timeline of other projects which were supposed to be in the pipeline,” Chou says.

“Nevertheless, awareness around VDI continues to improve and IDC does expect an improved outlook ahead, especially as companies begin to think about moving beyond Windows 7.”

Dell and HP dominated the market, taking 25.6% and 25.0% market share, for a statistical tie, however, IDC says both were affected by the softness in the market, with Dell shipments down 13.8% and HP down 15.0%.

IDC says Dell shipped 1.30 million devices, while HP shipped 1.27 million.

Ncomputing rebounded from its earlier woes, finishing the year with 12.8% growth in volume to claim 10.2% market share and take third place, with 518,000 shipments.

Centerm took fourth slot with 9.0% of the market and a 15% year on year growth, while Igel rounded out the top five, shipping 243,000 devices to take 4.8% market share, down 12.1% year on year.

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