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Size is Might in Data Centre Industry

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Size is Might in Data Centre Industry

Global data centre hardware (covering servers, storage and enterprise data center networking equipment) spending will grow by 12.7% Y-o-Y in 2011, reaching $98.9BN according to Gartner-- up from $87.8BN in 2010.

The analyst also forecasts spending will reach $106.4BN in 2012, before surpassing $126.2BN by 2015.

However W. European spending will remain weak in comparison to pre-downturn levels, even if WW spending will reach (and surpass) 2008 levels due to growth from BRIC countries and other emerging regions. 

Gartner says storage will be the main growth driver for the industry, with "almost half of the growth in spending" coming from the sector. 

The very largest size category of data centres (with over 500 racks of equipment) will increase in spending share-- from 20% in 2010 to 26% in 2015, as cloud adoption drives the shift from internal data centre provision to external. 

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European PC Business Continues Struggling in Q3

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European PC Business Continues Struggling in Q3

CONTEXT reports both European consumer and business PC sales (excluding tablets) continue struggling in Q3 2011, as sales revenues decline by -11% Y-o-Y while vendors and distributors slash prices in order to clear unsold inventory.

The analyst says PC sales from the top distributors in Europe (representing approximately 50% of Q3 2011 sales) are up by 9%-- however average selling prices are down by an average of -10%.

Meanwhile consumer PC demand (including desktops, netbooks and notebooks) continues languishing, as European consumer sales are Read more...

Low-Cost IT Services: IT Services Market Changer?

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Low-Cost IT Services: IT Services Market Changer?

Gartner suggests CIOs should reduce their business costs while retaining control of risk, integration and customisation issues by adopting industrialised low-cost IT services (ILCS)-- increasing IT business value and improving its perception by business. 

After all, CIOs tell Gartner their 2011 business and IT priorities include "delivering differentiation and additional business value, while reducing the cost of IT."

The analyst forecasts the industrialised services sector will make more than 30% of the IT services market by 2015-- while by 2015 Read more...

PC Market Recovers in Q2

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PC Market Recovers in Q2

IHS iSuppli says the WW PC market shows signs of recovery in Q2 2011-- with global shipments growing by 3.7% Y-o-Y to 85.6M units.

In comparison Q1 2011 shipments total 80.8M.

The analyst attributes the growth to IT departments refreshing their hardware-- allowing the top PC vendors (HP and Dell) to maintain their leadership.

HP shipments for Q2 2011 total 15.4M (with 2.8% Y-o-Y growth) while Dell shipments total 10.5M, growing by 3.9% Y-o-Y.

Lenovo delivers the strongest performance for the period, growing by 23% Y-o-Y with shipments reaching Read more...

Data Centers Heading North

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Data Centers Heading North

The Wall Street Journal reports Google opening a €200M server hall in Hamina, Finland, inside what was once a paper mill. 

Why Finland? The combination of cold climate and low electricity prices. 

Being close to the Baltic coast, the Hamina data centre also has a seawater cooling system, while cold weather cools down servers instead of refrigerators. 

Finland is not the only choice for international data centers, either-- an undisclosed "major US internet company" (rumoured to be Facebook) is planning a data center worth 3-5BN Swedish kronor in Luleå Read more...

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