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Server sales up in third quarter

Server sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew 3% in the third quarter, with units shipped up 10%, said analyst IDC.

Server sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew 3% in the third quarter, with units shipped up 10%, said...

analyst IDC.

Revenue hovered above the £2bn mark, representing more than 600,000 units sold across the region, said IDC.

In Western Europe, sales actually declined by 1%, despite shipments increasing by 8% over the same quarter last year.

IDC said the overall sales decline was down to firms taking advantage of new server technologies in the x86 market, such as multi-core processing, virtualisation, and blades to make datacentres more efficient.

The continued shift towards x86 has affected average system values and revenues.

Sales of RISC-based systems, which traditionally translate into bigger profit margins, reached less than £500m for the first time in many years, said IDC.

IDC said the top five server firms by revenue in order were HP, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.

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