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Global Server Sales Up 16 Percent on Strength of Cloud Demand

Recent data from Gartner indicates that worldwide server revenue went up by 16 percent in the third quarter of this year.

The research firm attributes the growth to the increasing need for "infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations," as Research Vice President Jeffrey Hewitt put it.

Hewitt noted that while Unix servers declined -- with shipments down 23.5 percent and revenue down 18.3 percent -- x86 servers increased 5.3 percent in shipments and 16.7 percent in revenue over the same quarter last year.

According to a table put out by Gartner, while HPE continues to lead the pack when it comes to server revenue -- with $3.1 billion -- it's estimated server revenue is down by 3.2 percent over last year, where Dell EMC's server revenue is up 37.9 percent (to $3 billion) and IBM's is up 27.1 percent (to $1.1 billion).

China-based Inspur Electronics, which focuses on servers for datacenters providing cloud services, more than doubled its revenue and is now also in the $1.1 billion range.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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