Total Q4 Server Revenue Rises A Bit
IDC and Gartner were fairly close in their estimates of the health of the server business in the fourth quarter.
IDC estimated total fourth-quarter 2014 server revenue to be $14.5 billion, up about 1.9 percent compared to its estimate of $14.3 billion for the fourth quarter of 2013. For all of 2014, IDC said server sales rose 2.3 percent to $50.9 billion.
Gartner estimated fourth-quarter 2014 server revenue hit $14.0 billion, up 2.2 percent compared to the $13.7 billion worth of servers sold in the prior year. The research firm said total server revenue for all of 2014 rose 0.8 percent over 2013.