The 10 Biggest Data Center Stories Of 2013


The rebounding economy did not translate into improved data center hardware sales.

On the contrary, server revenue fell year-over-year by 7.7 percent in the first quarter of 2013, followed by a drop of 6.2 percent in the second quarter and 3.7 percent in the third quarter, according to IDC. Server shipments during that time fell 3.9 percent in the first quarter and 1.2 percent in the second quarter while remaining flat in the third quarter.

Storage sales fared even worse. IDC said first quarter 2013 revenue fell 0.9 percent over last year, followed by a drop of 0.8 percent in the second quarter and 3.5 percent in the third quarter. This was despite capacity growth of 26.4 percent in the first quarter, a number that fell to 21.5 percent in the second quarter and 16.1 percent in the third quarter.



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