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Server Sales Up Worldwide as Cloud Demand Increases

Worldwide server revenue went up by 16 percent in the third quarter due to strong demand for cloud services, according to recent data from Gartner.

As Research Vice President Jeffrey Hewitt put it, the revenue growth can be attributed to an increased need for "infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations."

Hewitt noted that while Unix servers declined -- with shipments down 23.5 percent and revenue down 18.3 percent -- x86 servers increased 5.3 percent in shipments and 16.7 percent in revenue over the same quarter last year.

According to a table put out by Gartner, while HPE continues to lead the pack when it comes to server revenue -- with $3.1 billion -- it's estimated server revenue is down by 3.2 percent over last year, where Dell EMC's server revenue is up 37.9 percent (to $3 billion) and IBM's is up 27.1 percent (to $1.1 billion).

China-based Inspur Electronics, which focuses on servers for datacenters providing cloud services, more than doubled its revenue and is now also in the $1.1 billion range.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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