Behind The Numbers: Analyzing Gartner's Q2 Server Estimates

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Blade Server Sales Slipping? Say It Isn't So!

x86-based blade server shipments fell 3 percent over last year, Gartner said. That translated into a 4.5 percent drop in revenue over the same time period.

Meanwhile, rack-optimized x86 server shipments rose 3.9 percent, while related revenue rose 2.4 percent.

This is a break form the recent past in which blade servers have been among the fastest-growing part of the business.

The increase in cloud computing and the rise in servers built specifically for large-scale Web services companies likely explain the slight fall in the blade server business.


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