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Server Market Grows in Q3

Separate reports from research firms IDC and Gartner point to a more robust market for servers in the third quarter of 2006. This renewed corporate interest in servers reflects the growing popularity of blades and demand for high-end hardware, according to the reports. Overall, server revenue climbed 9.1 percent from a year ago and reached $ 13 billion, according to a Gartner study released Nov. 21. At the same time, shipments reached 2.2 million units, an increase of 4.4 percent in the third quarter. The IDC report, released Nov. 22, showed that the server market grew 3.5 percent to about $ 12.9 million in revenue during the third quarter. Specifically, the demands for blades grew 29.9 percent. In both studies, IBM came out on top in terms of revenue.

Separate reports from research firms IDC and Gartner point to a more robust market for servers in the third quarter of 2006. This renewed corporate interest in servers reflects the growing popularity of blades and demand for high-end hardware, according to the reports. Overall, server revenue climbed 9.1 percent from a year ago and reached $ 13 billion, according to a Gartner study released Nov. 21. At the same time, shipments reached 2.2 million units, an increase of 4.4 percent in the third quarter. The IDC report, released Nov. 22, showed that the server market grew 3.5 percent to about $ 12.9 million in revenue during the third quarter. Specifically, the demands for blades grew 29.9 percent. In both studies, IBM came out on top in terms of revenue.

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