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IT Buying More x86 Servers, Paying Less: IDC

May 28, 2010, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"IDC is the latest research firm to provide validation that the server market has begun to recover from multiple quarterly losses in 2009, although like rival analysts firm Gartner reported, IDC found that the recovery is lopsided: The x86 server business is booming while the non-x86 business is busting.

"According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker for the first quarter of 2010, server unit shipments in the first quarter of 2010 rose 23.2 percent over Q1 2009, while revenues increased just 4.6 percent, an indication that there is still price pressure on servers. This represents the highest quarterly growth rate in five years, according to IDC.

"The quarter was pretty much carried by x86 server revenue, which grew 33.4 percent while shipments increased 25.6 percent to 1.8 million servers. Non-x86 systems, meanwhile, shrank by 25.9 percent year-over-year."

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