"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