15 Apr 2020

Asia/Pacific* Hong Kong Enterprise Infrastructure Market Growth Dips from 12.4% to -3.2% in 2020: IDC

HONG KONG, April 16th, 2020 – According to the latest IDC APEJ Quarterly Enterprise Infrastructure Tracker 2019Q4, the Hong Kong market forecast in 2020 has been updated 12.4% to -3.2% – affected by the US-China Trade War, social unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Ever since the world's two biggest economic power started placing pressure over trade on each other, Hong Kong acts as the bridge connecting PRC with the rest of the world, facing challenges and dilemma in economy growth. Financial market in the country is inevitably stressed as a result of the trade war. The protests against the extradition bill has sparked since June 2019, and such social unrest has not come to an end until now. The impacts on economy has been reflected in HK's 2019 GDP negative growth for two quarters consecutively, a contraction of 1.2% on annual growth – with -2.8% and -2.9% growth in Q3 and Q4 respectively. While the Mainland China-US trade relation is still uncertain, the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the damage on Hong Kong's economy, causing cautiousness in IT spending among enterprises.

Figure 1: Hong Kong Enterprise Infrastructure Market Value Forecast, 2019Q4

Thanks to its geographical position as a gateway to PRC, HK has become an attractive datacenter market for many cloud giants such as AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Alibaba. Over the years we have started seeing enterprises in Hong Kong gearing up the infrastructure capabilities as a part of their digital transformation strategy in order to stay competitive. Enterprises adopt complex cloud strategies to ensure infrastructure is agile and scalable enough to comply to changing business demand in different circumstances. However, the attractiveness of HK as a datacenter location has already been challenged by the high land cost, competing with Singapore and Taiwan. In addition to the impact of protests and trade war, its business continuity capability is again questioned.

These disruptions have driven enterprises to reassess their business continuity planning in Hong Kong. It is also inevitable to see some enterprises moving their growth plan out of Hong Kong. With the COVID-19 outbreak end of January this year, Hong Kong market continues to face bigger threat and uncertainties ahead.

Hong Kong server market experienced a decline of more than 20% in 2019, given the stress it has experienced politically and economically. Major global and regional banks, and global giant hyperscalers, invested significant amount in 2018 were not seen to be spending on a similar level in 2019. IDC initially expected a double-digit growth in 2020, assuming that Hong Kong market recovered from political and economic challenges and continue to strive for business continuity. However, the COVID-19 outbreak has made the recovery journey even tougher as many organizations were forced to stop operating in the office, and factories were asked to shut down – significantly impacting the supply chain. Enterprises that are unable to handle work at the office are turning to cloud resources for solving business problems and ensuring business continuity. Overall server market is expected to be flat in 2020.

Overall storage market has been revised downward from flat to double-digit decline in 2020, in which the HCI market is expected to grow at the cost of traditional 3-tier architecture. 2021 is expected to be a recovery period from COVID-19, and the HCI market is expected to grow even stronger. The strong growth is not only driven by the spending resumed by enterprises but also additional workload and use cases captured by HCI. The social distancing policies by the government and work from home practices by the enterprises will set a normal on how the business is being carried on under a complex environment. These regulations and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic are promoting more virtual and remote workplaces driving the demand for HCI. Enterprises will explore more use cases on HCI to further improve their agility to cope with the increasingly complex IT environment in the future.

"The future enterprises are the ones that stand out amid these disruptions and resound with stronger digital resiliency. Next generation infrastructure is a pillar enabling future enterprises," says Wendy Mok, Senior Market Analyst, Enterprise Computing Group at IDC Asia/Pacific. "Vendor community should ensure the wellbeing of their ecosystem so to enable their customers transforming into future enterprises at the time like this. Being transparent and flexible are the critical attributes clients are currently looking for," Mok ends.

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Asia Pacific


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COVID-19, Enterprise server