UK server sales return to double digit growth in Q1

Server sales in the UK rebounded during the first quarter as big business and Government replacement cycles came online. The health of the sector had improved late last year but final stats from market watcher IDC show shipments grew 13.9% in Q1 to 80,000 units; the first double digit climb since b

Server sales in the UK rebounded during the first quarter as big business and Government replacement cycles came online.

The health of the sector had improved late last year but final stats from market watcher IDC show shipments grew 13.9% in Q1 to 80,000 units; the first double digit climb since before the recession.

"The numbers point to a lot of refresh activity in the larger enterprise and public sector," said Nathaniel Martinez, IDC programme director for European server research.

Split by platform, rack sales - which accounted for more than half of all servers sold
in the quarter - rocketed a staggering 79% year-on-year, and blade shipments went up 39.6%.

Tower sales declined 11%, highlighting the dichotomy in the market as credit-strapped SMEs maintained a tight hold on spending.

Martinez added medium sized and larger firms were also migrating departmental workloads off towers in favour of racks or blades centralised in the data centre.

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