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Q4 Server Sales Rise As Massive Market Leader Shift Takes Place

Server shipments and sales rose slightly according to both IDC and Gartner, but the real news was in the big changes in the list of market-leading server vendors.

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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.

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