"Excitement is not exactly the word we would use to describe how
we feel about the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker report.
This, well, quarterly report is good for about two news cycles
worth of information, and then is quickly forgotten.
"The first news cycle typically focuses on the operating
systems, since that's what IDC's report emphasizes. The second
cycle the focus on the actual server manufacturers, who have by
then figured out the best way to spin the result into something
they can use for their next round of ads. You know, out-of-context
blurbs like 'Rated No. 1 server by IDC!' or some such, often parsed
into something nonsensical to achieve the top spot. These blurbs,
like movie ad blurbs, we tend to take with a huge grain of
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