What About The 'Others?'
IDC estimated sales of ODM direct servers, which typically went to hyper-scale data centers, reached $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014, up 31.4 percent over the prior year. For all of 2014, ODM direct server sales hit $4.0 billion, up 40.5 percent.
IDC also estimated that server revenue from the "Others" rose 14.5 percent to $3.2 billion in the fourth quarter, and rose 26.3 percent to $10.0 billion for full-year 2014.
Gartner also estimated sales of "Others'" servers rose 18.8 percent to $4.0 billion in the fourth quarter. However, shipments in the fourth quarter from "Others" fell 4.3 percent to 1.1 million units.